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Fall 2021
Jan 28, 2022
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Syllabus Information
Borders and Migration - 79043 - FRLN 330 - DL1

Associated Term: Fall 2021
Levels: Non-Degree, Undergraduate, Washington Consortium

Online Campus
Lec/Sem #1 (Repeatable) Schedule Type
Off-campus F2F 0-1% Async Instructional Method

Learning Objectives: GENERAL DESCRIPTION This course will focus on the study of human rights issues in recent border-crossing narratives by migrants and refugees, as well as in films that focus on their experiences of isolation, discrimination, adaptation and community-building. We will learn basic notions and concepts in border studies, immigration studies, intersectionality theory and human rights discourse, and will apply them to the study of autobiographical narratives, novels, poetry, artwork and films about migrants and their experiences crossing borders. Readings will focus on crossings of the US-Mexico border, the borders of Europe and Australia and the experience of migrants from Mexico and Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. They include Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (1987), selections from Jason De León’s The Land of Open Graves (2015), Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends (2017), Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Leaving Tangier (2006), selections from Wendy Pearlman’s We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (2017), and Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains (2019). Films may include ¡Alambrista! (1977), El Norte (1984), Frontières (2002), Human Flow (2017), Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017), Sleep Dealer (2008), and relevant scenes from classical 20th-century movies and documentaries about migration. Main objectives of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, interdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of cultural production. This course is conducted in English, and all oral and written assignments must be in English. Prerequisites ENGL 101/ENGH 101 and 45 credits or permission of instructor. General Education Course FRLN 330 satisfies the general education requirement in literature. This course is part of the general education requirements (now referred to as “the Mason Core”). Each category of the Mason Core has specific learning outcomes that were developed by interdisciplinary faculty teams and ratified by the University Mason Core Committee.
Required Materials:
Technical Requirements: MASON CORE LITERATURE COURSE. All readings are in English. Prerequisites: ENGH 101 or equivalent. Technical Requirements -You will need a reliable internet connection to access our course website on BLACKBOARD (BB) ( -You will use your MASON EMAIL -You will also need to use ZOOM for videoconferencing and video presentations, and to create videos to be able to complete some of the assignments. For Zoom and for your videos, you will need to use a camera and a microphone—video and audio—in a computer or tablet.

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