POL S 317 A: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 12:50pm
SAV 260
Joint Sections: 
LSJ 331 A
Sophia Jordán Wallace

Syllabus Description:

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Course Overview:

This course will examine critical questions and debates in race, ethnicity, and politics (REP). 

It utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigate the history of racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. and examines the interaction of minority politics within broader American politics. The course begins with theoretical conceptions of race and ethnicity and how they inform notions of citizenship, group membership, structural racism, and racial hierarchies. Subsequent topics include reparations and racial violence, redistricting and the Voting Rights Act, racism, racial resentment, social movement activism, inequality, and cooperation and competition within and among minority groups. Finally, selected contemporary policy issues and practices will be discussed including criminal justice policy and mass incarceration, surveillance and policing, immigration politics, and repression in protest politics.

Course Requirements:

This course is an upper division course with both lecture and section. Students are required to write two papers over the term (4-5 pgs.) There are also two in-class and closed book exams, a midterm and a cumulative final exam. The due dates/exam dates are as follows:

                                                Due Date

Paper #1                                 10/25/18

Midterm Exam                      11/8/18

Paper # 2                               11/29/18

Cumulative Final Exam       12/12/18                   



Catalog Description: 
Introduction to the history and development of racial hierarchy, focusing on how race and ethnicity shape political institutions (e.g., the Constitution, political parties, voting systems). Examination of political relationships between Whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. Case studies of minority representation and the politics of welfare, crime, immigration, and terrorism. Offered: jointly with LSJ 331.
Department Requirements: 
American Politics Field
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:10pm