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City College – Dept of Political Science

PSC 31106 –Politics of European Immigration

Summer 2009

Patricia Stapleton Section 2LL – Code 0921

Office: NAC 6/214 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur: 11:30am-2:05pm
Office Hours: 2:15-3:15pm NAC 4/147

Course Description
This course explores the history of European immigration policies, with a particular emphasis on
current policies in Western Europe. We begin with an overview of governmental regulation of
immigration by looking at different policy types and their respective objectives. Next we examine
the role of “extreme right” parties and their influence on public opinion and policy formation. In the
following section of the course, we turn to four case studies: France, Germany, Italy, and Great
Britain. In our final readings, we will delve into questions of nationality, identity, multiculturalism,
and citizenship.
Required Texts - ALWAYS bring readings and assignments to class.
All readings for the course are posted on our website:
Course Responsibilities
1) Complete reading assignments before the class meets; as we proceed, assignments may vary
somewhat from what the syllabus indicates. It is your responsibility to keep abreast of any updates
to the schedule.
2) Attend class meetings regularly and on time. The lectures provide a framework for
understanding European immigration policies and contain material not in the readings. Attendance
will be taken regularly and will figure in your course grade, as explained below.
3) Write three 2-3 page summaries of readings assigned from the readings. No summary can
exceed three double-spaced, typed pages. Summaries must be submitted at the start of the class
period in which the reading is assigned. If you are absent, you may arrange to have someone else
deliver the summary. Summaries may not be transmitted by e-mail. No late summaries will be
accepted for any reason.
4) Complete the final essay.

Your grade will be based on your exam grades, your performance on the summaries and your
participation in class discussions.

Current Event Presentation (15% of Class Grade) Oral presentation of current event
Summaries (45% of Class Grade) Three summaries, each is 15% of total Class Grade.
Final Essay (20% of Class Grade) 7-10 page essay.
Attendance & Active Participation (20% of Class Grade) Will not be given to students missing
two or more classes.
Rules of Participation
Class attendance and participation will be a fundamental part of this class. Without your
participation, I cannot accurately determine whether or not you are preparing the course materials.
Although I encourage active participation, please keep in mind that your classmates will also want
to comment. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the course’s topics, think carefully about what
you want to say, before you say it. Any offensive remarks will result in immediate disciplinary
NO MAKE UP NO MAKEUP ASSIGNMENTS will be accepted. If you fail to turn in an
ASSIGNMENTS assignment, it is a ZERO. Due to the nature of summer classes, there is NO
TIME to catch up or to make up missed assignments.

ABSENCES Every unjustified absence will be noted and will affect the final grade.

LATENESS Lateness is not only disruptive, but also disrespectful. Two lates will count as
an absence. Chronic lateness will not be tolerated; you will be excluded from
class activities.

GETTING IN TOUCH If you need to communicate with me, the ONLY guaranteed way to reach me is
by EMAIL. The course EMAIL ADDRESS is:
See the golden rules of email below.

CELL PHONES AND If you make or take a phone call, you will be asked to leave the room and

The Golden Rules of Email Correspondence

• ALWAYS put your name and the course name in the subject line of your email.
• Email is a FORMAL means of communication (at least when you correspond with your
professors or employers). Avoid abbreviations, slang and cuteness. Let's treat each other with
respect. Use capital letters, punctuation, greetings and salutations as in a professional
• The use of “please,” “thank you” and politeness in general is strongly encouraged.
• Sign every message at the bottom.
• Exchange phone numbers or email addresses with your classmates. Please do not write to let
me know that you were not in class (I already know) or will miss class; to ask me to
summarize what we did or will do in class; or what the assignment is/was, unless you have
serious reasons. Email a classmate instead.
• I will not respond to questions that are addressed on our syllabus or on the materials that
have been handed out in class or posted on our website. EVERYTHING IS THERE. Look
for it.
• I receive dozens of emails a day. Please allow at least 24 hours for me to respond to your
email. If I haven’t responded to your email in that time, then the information you are
requesting is clearly posted elsewhere.

Policy on academic integrity

Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable at City
College. Cheating is any misrepresentation in academic work. Plagiarism is the representation of
another person's work, words, or ideas as your own. Students should consult the City College
Student Handbook for a fuller, more specific discussion of related academic integrity standards.
Academic dishonesty is punishable by failure of the "test, examination, term paper, or other
assignment on which cheating occurred" (Faculty Council, May 18, 1954). In addition, disciplinary
proceedings in cases of academic dishonesty may result in penalties of admonition, warning,
censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, complaint to civil authorities, or
ejection. (Adopted by Policy Council, May 8, 1991)
• LAST DAY OF CLASS - Thursday, July 23rd
June The reading assignment listed under a given day is due on that day, i.e. the
work listed for 6/30 should be finished before class that day.
MON 6/29 1st day of class – Introduction to the course
TUES 6/30 Randall Hansen, “Migration to Europe since 1945: Its History and its Lessons,”
The Political Quarterly, Vol 74, Suppl. 1 (Aug 2003): 25-38.
WED 7/1 Wayne Cornelius & Takeyuki Tsuda, “Controlling Immigration: The Limits of
Government Intervention,” in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective,
ed. Cornelius et al., Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004: 3-48.
THURS 7/2 *Christian Joppke, “Why Liberal States Accept Unwanted Immigration,”
World Politics, Vol. 50, No. 2 (Jan 1998): 266-293. [first summary due]
MON 7/6 Martin Schain et al., “The Development of Radical Right Parties in Western
Europe,” in Shadows over Europe: The Development and Impact of the
Extreme Right in Western Europe, ed. Schain et al., New York: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2002: 3-17.
TUES 7/7 Jens Rydgren, “The Sociology of the Radical Right,” Annual Review of
Sociology, Vol. 33 (2007): 241-262.
WED 7/8 Dietrich Thränhardt, “The Political Uses of Xenophobia in England, France,
and Germany,” Party Politics, Vol. 1, Issue 3 (1995): 323-345.
THURS 7/9 *James Hollifield, “Republicanism and the Limits of Immigration Control,” in
Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 183-214. [second summary]
MON 7/13 Commentary on Hollifield, by Charles Gomes.
Country profile on France: in Shadows over Europe: The Development and
Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe, 325-329.
Leo Lucassen, “Islam and the Colonial Legacy: Algerians in France (1945-
2002),” in The Immigrant Threat: The Integration of Old and New Migrants in
Western Europe since 1850, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2005: 171-
TUES 7/14 Country profile on Germany: in Shadows over Europe: The Development and
Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe, 329-332.
Philip L. Martin, “Germany: Managing Migration in the Twenty-First Century,”
in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 221-251
Commentary on Martin, by Uwe Hunger.
WED 7/15 Country profile on Italy: in Shadows over Europe: The Development and
Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe, 332-335.
Kitty Calavita, “Italy: Economic Realities, Political Fictions, and Policy
Failures,” in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 345-376.
Commentary on Calavita, by Christian Joppke.
THURS 7/16 *Ted Perlmutter, “The Politics of Restriction: The Effect of Xenophobic
Parties on Italian Immigration Policy and German Asylum Policy,” in Shadows
over Europe: The Development and Impact of the Extreme Right in Western
Europe, 269-295. [third summary]
MON 7/20 Country profile on Great Britain: in Shadows over Europe: The Development
and Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe, 343-345.
Zig Layton-Henry, “Britain: From Immigration Control to Migration
Management,” in Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 297-332.
Commentary on Layton-Henry, by Randall Hansen.
TUES 7/21 Danièle Joly and Karima Imtiaz, “Muslims and Citizenship in the United
Kingdom,” in New European Identity and Citizenship, ed. Leveau et al.,
Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2002: 117-131.
WED 7/22 David Cesarani and Mary Fulbrook, “Introduction,” in Citizenship, Nationality,
and Migration in Europe, ed. Cesarani and Fulbrook, London: Routledge, 1996:
THURS 7/23 Riva Kastoryano, “Citizenship, Nationhood, and Non-Territoriality:
Transnational Participation in Europe,” PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol.
38, No. 4 (Oct 2005): 693-696.
Susan Moller Okin, “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” Boston Review,
Princeton University Press, 1999.