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Matthew A Barreto
POL S 334
Seattle Campus

Topics in American Politics

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This class will examine the history and contemporary role of Latinos as a minority group in the U.S. political system. We begin with a historical analysis of Latino immigration and migration, followed by the struggles during the civil rights movement, then increases in citizenship, registration and voting in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally we address the new wave of anti-immigrant attitudes, and the response by Latinos today. The class will also focus on political relationships between Latinos and non-Latinos as they relate to political institutions, political parties, voting coalitions, representation and public policy – including a focus on Latinos role in the 2010 midterm election. Finally, students will participate as researchers in the Political Science survey lab, helping to collect data in a public opinion survey on attitudes towards Latinos, immigration, and other topics.

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Last Update by Matthew A Barreto
Date: 01/02/2011