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Fall 2012-2013
POL 423 / LAS 423 / LAO 423 (SA)  

Seminar in American Politics - Latino Politics in the U.S.

Ali A. Valenzuela

What is the history and contemporary role of Latinos in U.S. politics? Will the growing Hispanic population reconfigure the presidential contest in 2012 or beyond? This seminar will use social science to examine these and other questions on how Latinos are shaping state and national politics. Topics include: immigration and its political impact; civil rights mobilization and political gains for Latinos; patterns of political participation and strategies for engaging Latino voters; public policy issues that concern them; and the importance of subgroup differences such as national origin and religious affiliation for Latino political behavior.

Sample reading list:
Fraga, Luis Ricardo et al., Latino Lives in America: Making it Home
Garcia, F. Chris and Gabriel Sanchez, Hispanics and the U.S. Political System
García Bedolla, Lisa, Fluid Borders
Junn, Jane and Kerry L. Haynie, New Race Politics in America

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading, writing and weekly in-class discussion will be required. Writing assignments will include six short response papers, one midterm paper or proposal, and one final paper or research proposal.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 16%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 24%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors from any concentration. Ideal for sophomore and junior social science concentrators interested in developing a research proposal on the course topic(s) that can later be used (after the course is finished) as the basis for a junior paper or senior thesis project. Students will have the option of a final paper in lieu of a research proposal. No prior knowledge of the topic is required, but familiarity with the basics of American politics and scientific inquiry will be very helpful..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21737 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   011   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed