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

Summer 2021 A-term
MTWThF 12:00pm - 2:10pm / * *
Section Type:
Joint Sections:
POL S 317 A
Carolyn C. Dapper
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Course Meeting Information: Students must be available for synchronous meetings via Zoom, Monday-Friday from 12-2:10, for the entirety of the term. However, the class will only meet about every other day. Lectures will be recorded asynchronously via Panopto and posted the day before each mandatory, synchronous discussion meeting. The final three days of class will be entirely synchronous.

Tentative dates for mandatory, synchronous meetings:

June 21st, 24th, and 28th

July 1st, 6th, 8th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 19th, 20th, and 21st.

***This schedule is subject to change. Students must be available for every class meeting throughout the quarter***

Course 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.

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 Met:
Diversity (DIV)
Social Sciences (SSc)
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