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Immigration Issues in the United States and (Central) Europe - MZ340P48
Title in English: Immigration Issues in the United States and (Central) Europe
Guaranteed by: Department of Social Geography and Regional Develop. (31-340)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2018 to 2018
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/2 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 10
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Guarantor: Jana Sladkova, Ph.D.
prof. RNDr. Dušan Drbohlav, CSc.
Teacher(s): prof. RNDr. Dušan Drbohlav, CSc.
doc. RNDr. Eva Janská, Ph.D.
Jana Sladkova, Ph.D.
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download Sylabus program.docx Schedule of the previous course (2016). The new one will be updated in May 2017 doc. RNDr. Eva Janská, Ph.D.
Last update: doc. RNDr. Eva Janská, Ph.D. (30.05.2019)
This course is organized during the first three weeks of June! A final decision whether the course is organized in a given year is made until the end of April (when we know how many students from the USA are to participate).

The schedule will be updated till the mid of the May.

This is an intensive interdisciplinary summer course for social science students interested in current immigration issues in the United States and Europe. The first two weeks of the program will consist of intensive in-class discussions, lectures, viewing of documentaries, etc. This is a highly interactive course and students will need to do readings outside of class on daily basis in order to be able to participate in in-class discussions. Readings will be provided to students online. Topics will include journeys of migrants from their home countries to their destinations; remittances and their impact on sending communities; transnational nature of modern migration; issues of legality and deportations; acculturation; discrimination, etc.

The American students will be conducting a research project as part of this course. Charles University students can choose to do this component. Most time spend on the research part will take place in the third week of the course and subsequent writing of the research paper will take place later in the summer. All students will be required to write several short reflective papers during the first two weeks of the course. In addition, their grade will be based on their contribution to class discussions. There will be no oral exam in the end of the course.
All classes will be conducted in English.
Requirements to the exam
Last update: doc. RNDr. Eva Janská, Ph.D. (30.05.2019)



Attendance & Participation               20%

Short papers                                      45%

Reflection                                          10%

Final Exam                                         25%


Attendance: You need to attend all classes and field trips during our summer abroad program. Only serious issues (i.e., health-related issues; need to go to the Embassy) will be considered as an excuse for absences. The lectures presented by Czech Professors will likely not be available to you electronically, so if you miss a class, you will miss important content.


Participation: You are expected to participate actively during the classes. Even during lectures, you are expected to listen actively and ask questions during or afterwards (depending on the instructor’s preference). During discussion times, you are expected to actively share your views, listen to those of others, respond to others, etc.


Short papers: You will need to write 3 short papers while in Prague, one due each week. Each week, you will be able to choose from at least 2 topics to write about. Each paper needs to be at least 700 words long. In the papers, you should discuss the topic of your choice from your subjective (“I”) perspective. Rather than summarizing what you learned, you should engage with the topic/material in some way: perhaps it is familiar because it is similar to your own experience; perhaps it is shocking; perhaps you want to compare it to a situation in another country, etc. The paper will be graded based on the quality of writing (spelling and grammar matter), the depth of your engagement, the level of your understanding of the material.


Reflection: You need to write a reflection about your stay Prague. What did the experience mean to you? What did you gain by having this experience, both academically and personally? What would you like to tell a student who is considering this experience at a later time? What would you have changed about the program? This is due 7/3/2019 at noon at 


Final Exam: This will be a take-home exam. All topics covered in Prague will be on the exam. It will be mostly open-ended questions. It is due 7/10/2019 at noon at It will be based on in-Prague lectures and readings.


For UMass Lowell students who are taking the class for 6 credits:

You must attend your practicum the whole week and actively participate in what is asked of you. You will write a 10-page paper on your practicum experience. The exact focus will depend on the placement.


The paper is due 7/15/2019 at noon at

Last update: doc. RNDr. Eva Janská, Ph.D. (31.05.2019)



Immigration Issues in Czechia and the United States

University ofMassachusettsLowell & CharlesUniversity

Faculty of Science, Albertov 6,Prague2; Room G2

Main Instructor: Jana Sladkova, Ph.D.;

Contact person: Eva Janská,


The goal of this program to introduce immigration issues in Czechia and theUnited Statesas well as provide culturally rich learning experience to students from UMass Lowell. Topics that will be covered include transformation of Czechia from emigration to immigration country, health issues and health insurance for immigrants in Czechia, integration of immigrants in Czechia and the U.S., refugees in Czechia and the US, undocumented migration in the US, etc. Part of this program are field trips toKarlovy Varyand Cesky Krumlov.


Schedule (subject to change): the first lecture starts each day from 10-11,30 and  13-14,30 is  the second lecture





AndReading Due

Extra-curriculum activities

Week 1



Getting to know Charles U.

lunch Potrefena Husa











International migration in Czechia in a broader European context– Dusan Drbohlav


Who are we as immigrants? – Jana Sladkova

Diverse, Fragile and Fragmented: The New Map of European Migration, King and Okólski

Czechia and New Realities, Drbohlav, Janurová

Concert at PragueCastle- Mozart, Vivaldi and Pachelbel
Venue:PragueCastle,St. George's Basilica











International migration and migrants´ integration in Czechia - selected results of Geomigrace research activities –Dusan  Drbohlav                                                                                                               


Global Reasons for migration Jana Sladkova

„Where Are They Going?“: Immigrant Inclusion in the Czech Republic (A Case Study on Ukrainians, Vietnamese, and Armenians in Prague), Drbohlav, Dzúrová

Longitudinal and spatial perspectives on the mismatch of tertiary educated migrant workers in the Czech labour market: The case of Ukrainians, Valenta, Drbohlav.






Saskia Sassen, movie: Harvest of Empire








Social determinants of migrant health– Dzurova




The self-reported health of legal and illegal /irregular immigrants in the Czech Republic, Pikhart, Drbohlav, Dzurova










Integration theories and “Case studies” from Czechia (Vietnamese, Ukrainians in Czechia) - Janska


Current migration situation in theUS. - Sladkova

Identity Development Among Youth of Vietnamese Descent in the Czech Republic, Svobodova & Janska




Free Day




Free Day



Week 2






Finishing Discussion of Reasons for Migration - Saldkova


Unauthorized migration in the US – Sladkova

Short paper on Dr. Drbohlav’s or Dr. Hnilicova’s or Dr. Dzurova’s lectures


Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status, Suárez-Orozco, Yoshikawa, Teranishi, Suárez-Orozco






Which Way Home - film – Jana Sladkova


Film Discussion, Migrant Journeys; Unaccompanied Minors – Jana Sladkova



The guys told us crying that they saw how they were killing her and they could not do anything”: Psychosocial explorations of migrant journeys to the U.S, Sladkova






Deportations, film: abUSed – Jana Sladkova


Film and Reading Discussion – Jana Sladkova


Lowell Immigrant Communities in the Climate of Deportations, Sladkova










Health Insurance for immigrants in the Czech Republic –Helena Hnilicová


Russians and Ukrainians in Czechia – Eva Janská, Adam Klsák

Migrants' health and access to healthcare in the Czech Republic, Hnilicova & Dobiasova






Drbohlav, Janska: (Palgrave)


Ballet: Kafka: The Trial, The Estates Theatre




Excursion to Karlovy Vary,  Adam Klsák




Free Days




Week 3







Integration – domestic workers -Lenka Pavelková


Public Views of Migration – Dita


Short paper on any topic covered by Dr. Sladkova Due

The Nannie Chain, Hochschild






Excursion to Terezin









Refugee Movements in Europe – Jan Schroth, IOM


Organization for Aid to Refugees

3.5 Forced Migration, Displacement and Resettlement a pak tuhle publikaci







Excursion to Cesky Krumlov





Course Conclusion – lunch 1 pm

Short Paper on Excursions due via email –



Flight back to the US




One week practicum




Flight back to the US





Final exam and reflection due via email –





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