MENLO SCHOOL • SINCE 1915

Refugees II (2S)

Biography

The news and social media are often filled with the deeply emotional and often jarring stories of individuals fleeing their homes. To deepen our perspectives on the issue, this elective will examine the powerful forces that motivate migration at a range of scales from political conflicts to environmental hazards in the post-World War II era. We will consider the trends in international migration and its impacts using examples from Europe, the Mediterranean region, and more. While there are many positive impacts of migration, such as cultural diversity and economic growth, tensions can arise, since international migration not only changes the ethnic composition of populations, but also challenges the concept of the nation-state due, in part, to how it impacts national identity. Students will sharpen their primary source analysis skills, expand their argumentative writing toolkit, and conduct independent research. Honors students will become experts in the topics by reading and presenting selections from additional readings and will consult substantially more sources than non-Honors students in the culminating research projects.

Open to juniors and seniors, and sophomores if space is available.