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PSCI 214
Racial and Ethnic Politics in America Spring 2021
Division II

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Arguably, the dominant discourse in the presidency of Donald Trump and the battle to succeed him is about race. Race is connected to salient issues like immigration and police conduct; to politicians across the political spectrum; 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: Format: lecture; For spring 2021, this course will be taught remotely, with twice-weekly synchronous Zoom sessions as a class.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 5442
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
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
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: poli sci majors first, seniors second, juniors third, sophomores fourth
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
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