Spring 2019 Course Schedule

Labor Migration in the Global Economy (LAW-775-001)
Janie Chuang

Meets: 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM (MW) - Warren - Room N103

Enrolled: 23 / Limit: 22 / Waitlist: 1

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The primary purpose of this course is to explore the dynamics of labor migration in the global economy, and efforts by governments and international institutions to manage this migration. The course will examine and assess diverse law and policy interventions designed to maximize the potential benefits and minimize the related costs of labor migration for countries (of origin and of destination) and the migrants themselves. The course begins, in Part I, with an in-depth look of the patterns and practices of global labor migration into both formal and informal labor sectors. Drawing heavily from ethnographic materials, this portion of the course looks closely at emigration push and immigration pull factors that lead individuals to migrate and governments to facilitate and encourage the migration. The course also looks to the growing role of recruitment agencies in facilitating the migration in response to increased border controls worldwide and its impact on the conditions of migrant work. Having established an understanding of the dynamics of global labor migration, Part II of the course examines international, regional, and national legal frameworks targeting migrant work, with an eye to identifying the gaps in coverage and implementation challenges. Part III of the course focuses on alternative law and policy interventions that have been proposed, and in some circumstances, introduced as pilot programs, to better manage labor migration and protect migrant workers. The course will include a strong gender perspective on these issues, analyzing the causes of the increasing feminization of migration for work, including the feminization of poverty and the social construction of demand for migrant women’s labor. Grading for the course will be based on a research paper, presentation of your research to the class, and class participation. The paper written for this course may be used to satisfy the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

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