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

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

Syllabus Description:

See attached syllabus for full description of course content and policies.  POLS317_REP_SJW_Spring2021.pdf  

Course Meeting Information: 

Lecture will primarily be delivered asynchronously. All lecture recordings will be posted by 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Occasionally lecture will be synchronous during our designated lecture period. An announcement will be posted on Canvas notifying students in advance if there will be a live lecture. It will also be noted under the relevant day in a module on Canvas. Regardless of the mode of delivery, all lectures will be recorded and posted on Canvas. 

Weekly quiz sections on Friday are led by TAs. Sections will be synchronous and will not be recorded. Participation in section is an important component of learning the course material and is how participation points are earned. 

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, and inequality. 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:

Paper 1:         25%      Due 4/22/21 at 11:30am
Paper 2:        25%       Due 5/18/21 at 11:30am
Paper 3:        30%       Due 6/9/21 at 4:30pm
Section Participation:     20%

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: 
February 17, 2021 - 9:15pm