Arguably, the dominant discourse in the election and presidency of Barack Obama and the battle to succeed him was about race. Race is connected to salient issues like immigration and police conduct; to politicians across the political spectrum, including Obama and Donald Trump; and (some argue) to virtually everything in American politics, including fundamental concepts that have no manifest racial content, like partisanship and the size and scope of government. We will evaluate the role of race as it relates to public opinion, political behavior, campaigns, political institutions, and public policy debates, with special attention devoted to the nature of racial attitudes. Most of the course will focus on the historical and contemporary relations between whites and African Americans, but we will also explore topics involving other pan-ethnic communities, particularly Latinos and Asian Americans.
The Class: Type: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, one to two short papers (5-7 pages), one medium paper (8-12 pages), an oral presentation, and a final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course; PSCI American Politics Courses