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LSJ 331 A: The Politics Of Race And Ethnicity In The United States

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 12:00pm - 2:10pm
SMI 107
Kiku E Huckle

Syllabus Description:

This class covers a basic history of racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. political system. This grounding will help students better understand and analyze contemporary political and social issues with race relations today with an eye towards imagining potential solutions. Topic will include racial profiling, housing segregation, criminal justice, educational equity, voting rights, and immigration. We will also address political outreach and barriers to political participation. 

This class will go beyond traditional political concepts in order to more fully address how race affects political participation, incorporation, and outcomes. To that end, we will examine contemporary social movements, such as Black Lives Matter, to determine their strengths as well as limitations, and also examine the connection between schools (both their educational outcomes, funding, and patterns of punishment) and political power. 


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 POL S 317.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:16pm