PSCI 214 Fall 2014 Governing Diversity: US Minorities in American Politics

Racial and ethnic minorities are projected to make up the majority of the American population by 2043. Additionally, women and members of LGBT communities are becoming more prominent in American politics. What do these changes mean for American politics? Are demographics (political) destiny? This course will examine the ways minority groups influence and are influenced by American politics. First this course explores how identity and politics are linked. Then, students will examine the ways in which various groups participate in politics via social movements, political parties, and as office-seeking individuals. Finally, this course will review how public policies influence ethnoracial minorities, women, and LGBT citizens (e.g. discrimination, affirmative action, immigration, language policy), and their reactions to those policies.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two or three short papers, one final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors, 1st year students and sophomores
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSCI American Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1590
PSCI 214 - 01 (F) LEC US Minorities in American Poli Division 2: Social Studies Candis W. Smith
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 129 1590
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