PSCI 318
Race, Public Opinion, and Campaigns Spring 2017 Division II;
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What is the role of race in American public opinion and voting? This question is at the center of American politics today, particularly during the presidency of Barack Obama and the 2016 presidential election. Some commentators argue that racial attitudes were at the center of opposition to Obama’s candidacy and legislative agenda and are foremost on voters’ minds in 2016. Others suggest that most Americans have moved “beyond race” and that racism explains little of modern-day partisan and electoral politics. We will explore what the empirical literature on race in political science says about this debate and others. Among other issues, we will consider the points of conflict and consensus among different racial groups, how Americans of different racial backgrounds think about other groups, and the implications of demographic change (including the growth of the Latino and Asian-American populations and the shrinking white share of the electorate) for future elections.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 12
Class#: 3881
Requirements/Evaluation: one 2-3 page paper, two 5-7 page papers, a 15-20 page (non-research) paper, and class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: PSCI American Politics Courses

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