HIST 3500A: Migration and Diaspora in Canada
Winter 2023 

Instructor: Prof. Laura Madokoro

Introduction: Each year, approximately 200,000 people migrate to Canada. Thousands more become Canadian citizens and many others are resettled or accepted as refugees. Recognizing the significant role that migration plays in our inter-connected world, this course takes an in-depth look at the history of migration and settlement to, from and within Canada, emphasizing the lived experience of migrants themselves. It also explores the political, economic and social structures that have shaped the history of movement, settlement and displacement to, from, and within, Canada. The course considers how migration has informed relations amongst Indigenous peoples, settler citizens and migrants. Although there is some attention to the relationship between migration, settlement and nation-building (with a focus on the politics of inclusion and exclusion), the course also focuses on the diasporic relationships that migrants have maintained across borders and with their homelands. The course further considers the history of migration on multiple planes, including the local, provincial, national and global.

The course will be of interest to anyone who is curious about the way migration has shaped the world in which we live, and the places we call home. It will incorporate cutting-edge historical research and methodologies and connect the history of migration with histories of Indigeneity and settler colonialism.

Class Format: We meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each class. The first class each week will generally consist of lecture and discussion and the second class will be more applied, with students engaging in primary source analysis and small group activities.

Aims and Goals: This course aims to provide an overview of migration and settlement to, from, and within, present-day Canada. Additionally, it seeks to provide students with an understanding of the key concepts and historical methods used in the research and analysis of histories of migration and diaspora. With these two objectives, the overarching intention of the course is to equip students with the tools necessary to engage with the study of migration and diaspora historically and, relatedly, to cast a critical gaze on contemporary developments and discussions.

Assessment: Assessment for the course is based on a series of reading reflections, media analyses and a final assignment consisting of a creative project with an accompanying contextual essay. 

Text:  Readings for the course consist of a variety of essays and academic articles as well as a range of textual, audio and visual primary sources.

Questions? Please email me at: laura.madokoro@carleton.ca