345-HSB-VA, Ethics of Migration
This course is designed to examine human movement across borders, by analyzing historical and contemporary cases of migration through ethical reflection. Due to political and economic instability, war, natural disasters, and excessive disparities existing throughout the world, the flow of migrants, particularly from the South to the North continues to proliferate. Ethical issues inevitably arise, such as who gets in and who does not, which groups of people are favoured for immigration, what are our obligations towards migrants, and what constitutes a refugee. We will examine how government, certain media, and public opinion shape some of the preconceptions we have of migrants today. Based on specific migration cases and issues primarily within North America, we will discuss and evaluate the ethical concerns surrounding migration, drawing on readings from various disciplines, current events in newspaper and journal articles, news reports, as well as film excerpts.