Political Economy of Food & Migration (4 credits)
This course explores historical and theoretical analyses of the international political economy and its continuing effects on communities and ecosystems around the world. Students develop a critical analysis of the global economy with a focus on food production and distribution and how it relates to kabir labor and migration. Critical study of migration, development, and border enforcement will be emphasized. Students will also engage various alternative models proposed by scholars and social movement leaders that aim to achieve sustainable living methods for ecosystems and communities. Travel seminars along the border and into the interior of Mexico are key components of this course.
Critical Issues in the Borderlands (4 credits)
In this course students engage relevant and pressing social and environmental issues in the broader border region through visits to and discussions with organizations and individuals who engage border realities daily. In addition, multiple angles of addressing the issues that are confronted here are presented to gain a more complex understanding of the region. Sample visits may include an immigration detenion facility and immigrant-rights organizations; a border rancher and the Sierra Club; a permaculture/border justice center; and/or teachers and students in Ethnic Studies classrooms. Students are required to reflect critically and throughtfully; individually and collectively; and orally and through written expression on these visits.
Field Study in the Borderlands (4 credits)
Field study placements are central to the student experience in the Border Studies Program. Students complete an average of 10-15 hours per week with an organization or school in Tucson. This component of the program gives students professional and practical experience while also providing an opportunity to be directly involved in the community. Field studies also act as a bridge between academia and community based work aimed at social change and environmental justice.
Toward Environmental and Social Justice (4 credits)
This course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of what it means to work for social and environmental justice. Through self-examination, experimentation with tools of critical analysis, and an interrogation of interpersonal to structural oppression, students will confront systems of inequality and work towards defining - solidarity, sustainability, principles for seekers of environmental/social justice, and current openings for change.
Spanish Language and Borderlands Culture (2 credits)
A course that blends an examination of borderlands culture and the themes touched on in the other program coursework with Spanish language instruction.