This course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

Classes take place Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course and may occur outside of class time on afternoons or Fridays.

POL300Y0 Topics in Comparative Politics: Contested Boundaries – Immigration, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism in Germany and Europe

Immigration and the integration of newcomers are among the politically most contested issues in Europe today. Using primarily the German experience as a case study, this seminar in comparative politics examines the historical evolution and current policies and practices of immigration and integration to critically engage with questions of citizenship, belonging, diversity and multiculturalism in present-day Europe. Students will learn about the history of immigration to Western Europe after World War II; the political tension between cultural pluralism and national identity; the evolution of policies and practices of immigrant integration, citizenship and multiculturalism at the local, national and supra-national level; the rise of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee populism; and social movements resisting racism and social exclusion. 

Seminar-style classes with active student participation and responsibility will be supplemented by field trips, walking tours, and guest speakers. By the end of the course, students will be able to (1) distinguish and apply various concepts and theories relevant for the comparative study of migration policy; (2) describe the history and politics of migration to Germany and Western Europe; and (3) identify and critically evaluate contemporary developments in the field of comparative immigration policy research. 

Prerequisite: 1.0 POL credit or relevant academic preparation
POL300Y0 - 2022 Course Outline (draft)

Field Trips

Students will visit the German Historical Museum, the Jewish Museum Berlin and the House of the Wannsee Conference and will have a guided tour of immigrant district Kreuzberg (all in Berlin). There will also be a four-day trip to Brussels and Antwerp (Belgium) where students will attend talks at the European Commission, meet with local NGOs and integration offices. 
The cost of these trips is as follows:

* CAD $720, paid to UofT for return train transportation, accommodation in Brussels, guides, and and entrance fees
* Approximately CAD $125, paid onsite for meals


Ahmed Allahwala is Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) in City Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Originally from Germany, Dr. Allahwala holds an M.A. from FU Berlin, an M.Ed from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Political Science from York University in Toronto. As a critical policy analyst, Dr. Allahwala’s work focuses on urban social policy within the context of contemporary state and economic restructuring in North America and Western Europe. Dr. Allahwala has taught a wide variety of courses in Germany and Canada on topics including welfare state analysis, immigration and settlement, city politics, community-based research, and urban planning. His pedagogical innovations in experiential learning and community-university partnerships have been recognized both nationally and internationally. He was the recipient of the Government of Canada Award and a teaching fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin. In 2020, Professor received the UTSC Teaching Award in the Associate/Full Professor category.