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Evaluation CriteriaBinghamton UniversityDepartment of Africana StudiesAFST 387A – Immigrant & Refugee HealthSpring 2015 Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:40am - 1:05pmFine Arts Building 245 Course DescriptionThe United States is experiencing the “new” wave of immigration in history. The millions who makeup the foreign‐born population of the United States include migrant workers, permanent settlers, visitors, and refugees and asylum seekers from every corner of the globe. While they leave behind many health risks such as malaria and other acute diseases, acculturation to the “American lifestyle” can present immigrants with new chronic disease risks such as obesity. This course will look at the health issues facing these diverse populations, and how their health and healthcare is mediated through home country experiences and exposures, culture, language, available healthcare services, the legal landscape, economic opportunities, and xenophobia. We will explore chronic and acute disease and injury prevention strategies tailored to particular communities with a special emphasis on local initiatives through a multi-disciplinary perspective entailing history, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, biology and genetics, epidemiology, and public health by way of reading assignments, didactic instruction, class discussions, and course assignments. Student will have the opportunity to research the health issues of an immigrant or refugee population, and work local community organization in addressing the needs of New York, specifically Broome’s county’s immigrant and refugee populations.Course Objectives: On completing this course, you should be able to:1. Define and differentiate the terms refugee and immigrant.2. Define and discuss the terms related to immigrant and refugee health.3. Describe US immigration and refugee history, policies and programs.4. Describe how health is impacted by cultural norms, beliefs, and experiences that immigrants and refugee bring with them.5. Describe and compare health status and health issues impacting immigrant and refugee groups.6. Explain the social, economic and cultural factors and contexts contribute to the health of refugee and immigrant populations.7. Describe and apply strategies designed to improve health outcomes among immigrant and refugeegroups.Course Materials: Some Readings will be posted on Blackboard. Required Reading: 1) Fadiman, A. (1997). The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. New York: Farrar, Straus, & GirauxInstructor InformationInstructor: Titilayo A. Okoror, PhDOffice: 1315 Library Tower Office Phone: 607-777-3417Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm and by appointmentE-mail: [email protected]) Nazario, S. (2006). Enrique’s Journey: Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother. New York, NY: Random House3) Martinez, Ruben (2001). Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail. New York, NY: Metropolitan Books Evaluation Criteria1. Course Readings & Effective Class Participation (5 points): Effective class participation is based upon thorough engagement with the assigned course readings and is not automatically guaranteed. Special attention must be paid to understanding the objectives of the assigned chapter/journal article, the research methodology and the presentation of the results (if any). Since we will be discussing a wide range of topics on each day, synthesis will be highly valued in the class.2. Exams (3 exams @ 10 points each: Total = 30 points): An exam will be given at the end of the following modules: 1; 4; & 8, using multiple options and short essay questions. Unless in documented cases, no make-up exam will be given! If you miss an exam, you must contact the instructor through email to [email protected] Students who do not contact the instructor willnot be allowed to make up the exam. Make-up exam must be written within 1-week following the missed exam. The instructor reserves the right to modify examinations for those who did not take theexam with their peers. Exam Dates: 2/10; 3/3; 4/23. Reflection Papers (5 points each) (Total = 30 points)A minimum 4-page reaction paper is due at the end of modules 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 9. The questions you must consider in your paper are listed on page 9 of this syllabus. You are to use at least 3 additional resources from books/peer review articles in your reaction papers. The readings listed on the syllabus do not count towards the additional resources you are to use. Please contact the library if you need help finding resources. (NOTE: magazines, newspaper clips, non-governmental websites DO NOT count as additional resources UNLESS I have approved them). Your paper should be typed, double-spaced using Times Roman 12-point font. You should have your name, class, date and reaction paper # on the right-hand side of the first page, no space. All margins should be 1-inch around. If you cite sources in your paper you should include, on a separate page, your reference list following either the APA style or MLA style of referencing. Failure to follow these instructions will incur point deductions. For example, 1 point will be deducted for no reference page for cited works, 1 point for not using the specified font, etc). You are to submit your paper using Turnitin Assignment on blackboard by 11pm on Monday before Tuesday class. You should also bring a printed and stapled copy to class for submission (Papers submitted using paper clips and not not stapled will not be accepted). Please be advised that papers not submitted on Turnitin before class will not be accepted. If you never turn in the essay, youwill be assigned a grade of ZERO for that paper. Emailed Papers will NOT be accepted! DUE dates for are listed on page 9 of this syllabus.4. Individual Reflection to a Book (15 points): You are to write a reflection paper to one of the required books for the course. In light of the issues we have examined in class about refugee and immigrant health, your reflection paper should explored how history, policies and laws, interaction with the healthcare system along with cultural background and experiences, among other things impact the lives and health of the characters in the books. Please note the format: It should be a minimum of 6 pages in length, and a reference page for the book and any other sources you cite in your paper. Your paper should double-spaced, 12-font Times Roman, numbered, with a cover-page with your name, date and


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