PSCI 410
Senior Seminar in American Politics: The Politics of Belonging Spring 2019 (also offered Fall 2018)
Division II
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Although many people have described America as inclusive, political debates about belonging have often been contentious and hard-fought. This seminar will focus on the politics of belonging in America. What does it mean to be an American? If the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, why is immigration reform so difficult to achieve? Are legal citizenship and formal political rights sufficient for belonging? Or does full inclusion rest on the ability to exercise civil and social rights as well? Does income inequality threaten the political equality necessary for a strong democracy? As we examine the debates over inclusion, we will consider different views about the relationship among political, civil, and social rights as well as different interpretations of American identity, politics, and democracy.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 11
Class#: 3574
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, short weekly writing assignments, two short papers, a 20-page research paper and presentation
Prerequisites: at least one course in American politics
Enrollment Preferences: senior Political Science majors with American Politics concentration
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
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