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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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PPOL 659 - Understndg Black America &PPOL
This course examines the intersection of public policy and African-Americans’ political and socioeconomic experiences. It will explore themes of racial discrimination and disparities, political protest and electoral strategies, and the past, present, and future roles of public policy to address race relations in the United States. The purpose of this course is to facilitate a better understanding of the African-American experience and how it has influenced and been shaped by politics and policy. Topics covered include critical analyses of socioeconomic disparities, partisan electoral strategies and African-American responses, black political movements and activism such as the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter, and assessments of various public policy initiatives from Jim Crow laws and desegregation to welfare reform and reparations. Students will consider the interactions between African-Americans and the American polity and question how public policy can best address the disparate black American experience.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Public Policy Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Policy Management
      Int'l Development Policy
      Law/Public Policy
      Public Policy

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