Seminar on Migration and Child Development|
How do the current politics of borders and citizenship impact the well-being of migrant children, youth, and families? How do U.S. immigration policies intersect with what research tells us about what children need to thrive? Is there a role for psychologists to inform today's discourse on immigration policy? These are a few of the questions that we will be exploring throughout our time in this class.
Through class readings, discussions, and course assignments, we will examine why and under what circumstances children and families migrate to the United States. We will explore how various parts of the migration experience relate to child and adolescent development. Together we will analyze contemporary immigration policies through the lens of developmental psychology. Students will learn to grapple with the opportunities and limitations of developmental science to inform immigration policies that matter for the day-to-day lives of immigrant children and families.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Ghavami, Katsiaficas, & Rogers (2016). Toward an intersectional approach in developmental science: The role of race, gender, sexual orientation, and immigrant status. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 50 (2016): 31-73. DOI: 10.1016/bs.acdb.2015.12.001.
Hainmueller, J., Lawrence, D., Martén, L., Black, B., Figueroa, L., Hotard, M., ... & Laitin, D. D. (2017). Protecting unauthorized immigrant mothers improves their children¿s mental health. Science, 357(6355), 1041-1044. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5893.
Suárez-Orozco, Bang, & Kim (2011). I felt like my heart was staying behind: Psychological implications of family separations & reunifications for immigrant youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 26(2), 222-257. DOI: 10.1177/0743558410376830.
Suárez-Orozco, Motti-Stefanidi, Marks, & Katsiaficas (2018). An integrative risk and resilience model for understanding the adaptation of immigrant-origin children and youth. American Psychologist, 73(6), 781. DOI: 10.1037/amp0000265.
Taylor & Ruiz (2017). Contextual stressors and the mental health outcomes of Latino children in rural migrant-farmworker families in the midwest. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 41(4), 284. DOI: 10.1037/rmh0000082.
Yoshikawa, Suárez-Orozco, & Gonzales (2017). Unauthorized status and youth development in the United States: Consensus statement of the society for research on adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 4-19. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12272.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly blog posts: There will be assigned readings each week which will be accompanied by discussion questions meant for critical reflection. Students will post their response to the questions as well as respond to at least one reflection written by one of their peers in the class. Responses will be used to guide the class discussions for the week.
Lead a discussion: To practice applying research to real-world issues, students will work in pairs to identify a current event in the media and lead a 10-15-minute class discussion on the ways in which developmental science could contribute to the discussion.
Final Paper: Students will write a final paper on a topic related to migration and child development
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Preference will be given to students who have taken PSYC 265 (col. 1 course), and one of the following Column 2 courses: PSYC 230 OR PSYC 248 OR PSYC 271.
|Instructor(s): Negrete,Andrea Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
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Enrollment capacity: 15
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