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POL S 217 - U.S Racial and Ethnic Politics

5 Credits
An interdisciplinary examination of the role of race and ethnicity in American politics. Surveys contemporary literature on the political experiences of four racial and ethnic groups (Black or African Americans, American Indians or Native Americans, Latinos or Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans) and their interactions with the dominant racial group (non-Hispanic White Americans).

Course Note AEIS 217 and POL S 217: Meet together and share content.

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day, Online
Fall Day
Winter Day, Online
Spring Day

Designed to Serve All students. 
Active Date 20200401T13:21:36

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 35
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
  • Understanding Race in America
  • Racial Inequality, Segregation and Civil Rights
  • Race and Public Opinion
  • Institutional Barriers to Racial Equality: Party Politics and Race
  • Race and Ethnicity in the Political Campaigns
  • Political Economy and Racial Realities in the Contemporary U.S.
  • Mass Incarceration and Drug Policy
  • Immigration Politics in the Contemporary United States
  • Multi-identity Coalitions in the United States

Student Learning Outcomes
Explain various ways racial categories, segregation, and discrimination have shaped American political development.

Synthesize and critically discuss key research findings with respect to race and ethnicity in American politics

Evaluate public opinion polls measuring attitudes toward racial and ethnic minority groups in the US.

Identify and explain how race, ethnicity, and racism have impacted the U.S. policy making process.

Effectively interpret personal experience and observations using key concepts and frameworks learned in the course.

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