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LSJ 331 A: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 2:20pm - 4:30pm
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Joint Sections: 
POL S 317 A
Carolyn C Dapper

Syllabus Description:

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.


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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)
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June 5, 2020 - 2:40am