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Spring 2022
Jul 01, 2022
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SOCI 250 - Race and Politics
 This course combines lectures with seminar-form discussion to explore the complex ways that race impacts political behavior and attitudes in (primarily) American politics. The course takes a sociological approach that stresses the constructed nature of both race and politics. As a group, we will explore the mechanisms through which race informs political behavior, while also paying close attention to the ways that politics also informs our understanding of race. The course treats “race” as a multifaceted construct, with multiple (and often times conflicting) influences on political behavior. The course is split into 3 parts. In the first portion of the course, we will explore the relationship between racial identity and political behavior at the individual level. The second part of the course will examine how ideas about racial groups shape political attitudes and behaviors, as well as policy outcomes. The third part of the course will explore how race is used to mobilize political and economic actors. Throughout the course, we will engage the debate concerning the role of race and racism in the formation of contemporary party coalitions in US electoral politics. Additionally, we will examine the actual policy outputs of government, exploring the degree to which the presence or absence of racial and ethnic diversity shapes both the nature of policy-making institutions as well as the policies they generate.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Sociology Department

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