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Fall 2018-2019
* AAS 380 / AMS 382 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Public Policy in the U.S. Racial State

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

This course explores how ideas and discourses about race shape how public policy is debated, adopted, and implemented. Black social movements and geopolitical considerations prompted multiple public policy responses to racial discrimination throughout the twentieth century. Despite these policy responses, discrimination persists, raising theoretical concerns about the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, political representation, the role of the state (meaning government or law) in promoting social justice, and the role of social movements and civil society in democratizing policymaking and addressing group oppression.

Sample reading list:
Khalil Muhammad, Condemnation of Blackness
Michael B. Katz, The Undeserving Poor
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgetten History
Mehrsa Baradaran, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Radical Wealth Gap
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Loaded: A Disarming History of the 2nd Amendment
Eddie Glaude, Democracy in Black
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: 100-150 pages per week. Take Home Mid Term; Class Participation (includes weekly Blackboard responses, meeting with AAS librarian, and class discussions); Research Digs (two 4-5 page analysis of primary sources concerning some aspect of public policy); 15 page final/Term Paper (a research paper based on primary and secondary sources that examines issues in relation to race and public policy in the US).

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20341 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Frist Campus Center   208   Enrolled:12 Limit:20