Geog 475: International Migration, Health, and Human Rights (Spring 2018)

MWF 11:00-11:50
Dr. Jenna M. Loyd

This course examines health and human mobility in a global context. No prior knowledge of international migration or its health dimensions are required. Mobility is part of the human condition and international law enshrines freedom of movement, yet nation-states reserve the right to exclude. Lectures and readings will provide a context (historical, sociopolitical, and geopolitical) for understanding why people are on the move across national boundaries. We
will consider how public health concerns have been used historically and in the present as part of controlling human movement and terms of inclusion. We will also examine how the politics of health and humanitarianism intersect with the politics of migration and border controls. While there are no simple answers, this course will prepare students to grapple with the complexities of migration policies and their implications for human health.