SOCY 2300

Spring 2023

James Hall Room 5403

Dr. Donna-Lee Granville

3614 James Hall
M/W 1:30-2:30pm & by appointment

Course Description

What does it mean to create a new ‘home away from home’?  This course explores the context of Caribbean migration focusing on the complex history and lived experiences of immigrants from places like Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and others who settle in urban areas in the United States and other national settings. Our exploration of the political, social, and economic issues that these immigrants encounter and their efforts to create a new home, will be enhanced by using problem-based and place-based approaches as well as qualitative and quantitative analyses. Towards that end, we will embark on an interdisciplinary adventure while discussing a myriad of key concepts such as assimilation, culture, identity, diaspora, ‘crimmigration’ and transnationalism.

Course Objectives


  • Identify and intelligently articulate the social issues facing Caribbean immigrants in the United States and other national settings.
  • Express critical ideas, themes, arguments, theories orally and in written form.
  • Apply the sociological imagination to understand and explain the larger global context influencing urban issues.
  • Compare and contrast the migration and settlement experiences of Latinx and African descended Caribbean immigrants.
  • Develop and improve writing, reading, presenting, and critical thinking abilities.

Course Materials

There is no required text for this course. All course readings can be found on this open educational resource (OER) site and on our Blackboard course site. Please see the menu above for the Syllabus, Readings, and other pages.

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