History | Making Multicultural Europe: Immigrants in European Culture and Society after WWII
B303 | 4861 | C. Molnar
Above class open to undergraduates and EDUC MA's only
For most of the modern era, Europe has been a country of emigration;
millions of people left Europe in order to establish new homes in
foreign lands, with many settling in the United States. Ever since
the end of World War Two, however, Western Europe has become a major
destination for immigrants from European and non-European states.
Through analysis of films, immigrant novels, and works of history,
this course will examine the causes of the dramatic increase in
migration to Europe, and then will study the ways in which European
states and societies reacted to the arrival of these immigrants.
Much of the course will also focus on immigrants’ experiences in
their host societies and their representation in European culture.
Themes to be explored in this class include the legacy of European
colonialism and the Holocaust on postwar immigration, the debate
over the integration of Muslim immigrants, the emergence of anti-
immigrant political parties, the intersection of gender and
immigration, and Europe’s shifting attitudes towards refugees.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Grades will be based on
four short response papers to films (2 pages each), two essays based
on course readings (5 pages each), and class participation. Class
meetings will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and weekly film
viewings. Readings will consist of two short novels written by
immigrants -- Azouz Begag’s “Shantytown Kid,” and Samuel
Selvon’s “The Lonely Londoners” -- the historian Leo
Lucassen’s “The Immigrant Threat,” and Ian Buruma’s “Murder in
Amsterdam,” a journalistic exploration of the conflict between
Muslim immigrants and their European host societies.