DSP2100 Intro to Diaspora Studies

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Gary Fujino

Course Description:

What does it mean to live in diaspora? Survey of historical and contemporary movements of peoples away from native environments and the complex issues of identity and experience related to uprooting and re-establishing. Examines specific case studies, theory and practice, drawing from psychology, sociology, history, arts, cultural studies and other humanities

How This Course Benefits Students:

People from many countries are migrating for economic, religious, conflict and political reasons. According to The Immigration Alliance, there are more than 22 million foreign-born, non-citizens in the United States. Students seeking to engage displaced people need to know history and what is happening in lives of such people globally. Students learn to understand disapora issues related to rootlessness and initial and long-term needs as well as cultural conflicts that arise in new settings.

Why This Course Is Important:

Diaspora peoples are ever-increasing in number and finding ways of coping. The student must be equipped to understand the situations, to have empathy as well as practical plans and applications.