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Spring 2018-2019
* POL 344 / AAS 344 (SA)   No Audit

Race and Politics in the United States

LaFleur Stephens-Dougan

This course examines various political controversies that surround the role of race and ethnicity in American society. These controversies and issues affect public opinion, political institutions, political behavior, and salient public policy debates. Thus this course will assess and evaluate the role of race in each of these domains while also examining historical antecedents. The first half of the course will focus on historical antecedents such as the civil rights movement and the Black Power movement. The second half of the course will focus on the nature of contemporary racial attitudes, in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

Sample reading list:
Matt Barreto and Chris Parker, Change They Can't Believe In
Tesler and Sears, Obama's Race
Michael Tesler, Post Racial or Most Racial?
Donald R. Kinder and Lynn M. Sanders, Divided By Color
John Sides et al., Identity Crisis
Linda Faye Williams, The Constraint of Race

Reading/Writing assignments:
Grades will be based on a midterm, take-home final exam, and a 10 page paper. The exams will be a combination of short-answer and longer essays. There will be about 75-100 pages of reading per week.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Students who took POL 344/AAS 344 "Race and Politics in the Age of Obama" in the Spring 2016 may not enroll in this course.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41347 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   Louis A. Simpson International   A71   Enrolled:27 Limit:
42887 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:15 Limit:14 Closed
42888 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am F   Friend Center   306   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
42889 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
41348 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled