AFR 253 Fall 2012 Comparative Race and Ethnic Politics (D)

Cross Listed as PSCI253
Since its founding, the United States has had to balance the American creed of equality for all, on one hand, with racial inequality, on the other hand. Is this challenge something exclusive to the United States? This course will provide students the opportunity to compare and contrast how race and ethnicity are constructed across the globe as well as how race and politics interact in various countries. We will examine the phenomena of race and ethnicity in the political development of several countries including the U.S., South Africa, France, Australia and Brazil. We will ask: What is the difference between race and ethnicity? What role do countries and their institutions play in developing racial ideologies and racial hierarchies? Is there such thing as a racial democracy? Is there a difference between the U.S's "race problem," Latin America's "shade problem" and Europe's "immigrant problem"? By the end of the class, students will have a broad knowledge of the similarities and differences of racial and ethnic issues across the globe.
Class Format: seminar; class time will be divided between lectures and class discussions
Requirements/Evaluation: two 6- to 8-page response papers, a take-home final exam, reading evaluations and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and juniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1652
AFR253-01(F) SEM Comparative Race&Ethnic Polit (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Candis W. Smith
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Hopkins Hall 105 1652
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