The US Border and its Borderlands

POLSCI 343S

Examines the challenges and opportunities of the US border from a geopolitical perspective. Detailed review of how the current US boundaries were set, and how this shapes current attitudes and conflicts. Assessment of various means of border control, including visa issues, border walls and port of entry screening. Cultural and historical comparison of two borderlands, Seattle-Vancouver and San Diego-Tijuana, and the EU experience. Overall course theme: Can the border effectively and ethically screen noxious elements without blocking legitimate and necessary travel and trade. Specific skills taught: policy memo writing and oral briefing strategies. Instructor: Kelly
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • W
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • ICS 359S
  • PUBPOL 216S