Emily R. Ernst
Introduction to the history and development of racial hierarchy, focusing on how race and ethnicity shape political institutions (e.g., the Constitution, political parties, voting systems). Examination of political relationships between Whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. Case studies of minority representation and the politics of welfare, crime, immigration, and terrorism. Offered: jointly with POL S 317.
This course examines the political causes and consequences of racial hierarchy in the United States. Thematically, the course is broadly organized around three integrated spheres in which race and racism operate: ideology, institutions, and individual interactions. We explore how race is simultaneously a social construction as well as an everyday reality with political, economic and social consequences. We examine the historical roots and contemporary realities of this racial order as well as its role in public policies such as welfare, immigration, and crime policy.
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