AFR 216 Spring 2013 Black Politics in the United States (D)

Cross Listed as AMST213, PSCI213
Historically, African Americans have been treated as group members rather than as individuals by mainstream society; consequently, a very unique set of political attitudes and behaviors have developed among Blacks in the United States. This course explores the political history of African Americans as well as the relationship between African Americans and the American political system. Political elites as well as individual citizens and grassroots movements have influenced Black politics. In turn, we will focus on how national, state, and local governments have affected African American communities through the implementation of policies?some of which have been discriminatory while others have been aimed to ameliorate racial disparities. We will also analyze how Black Americans have responded through the political system. Since this course (nor any course) has the capacity to explore the vast history of Black politics, we will focus primarily on contemporary, African American politics between 1960 and the Obama era. Class time will be divided between lectures and class discussions.
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: 3644
AFR216-01(S) SEM Black Politics in the US (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Candis W. Smith
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Griffin 1 3644
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