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Fall 2017-2018
POL 421 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Seminar in American Politics - Race and Ethnicity in Comparative Context

Omar Wasow

Why do political cleavages often divide along lines of race and ethnicity? Does human psychology tend towards 'groupism'? How do government institutions like schools, police and elections increase or decrease the salience of various ethnic and religious boundaries? This course investigates the relationship between identity, groups and politics in the U.S. and around the world. We will consider theories of group identity development; assess empirical approaches to the study of racial and ethnic groups in politics and look at how politically relevant aspects of identity can be measured for conducting original research (JPs or Senior Theses).

Sample reading list:
Jim Sidanius & Felicia Pratto, Social Dominance
Chistopher Achen & Larry Bartels, Democracy for Realists
Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind
Cathy Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness
Desmond S. King & Rogers M. Smith, "Racial Orders in American Political Development"
Oren Yiftachel, "Israeli Society and Jewish-Palestinian Reconciliation"
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Four short papers. One final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21686 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:10 Limit:15