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Matthew A Barreto
POL S 555
Seattle Campus

American Politics Topics

Examination of current topics in the theory and practice of American politics. Content varies according to recent developments in the field and research interests of the instructor.

Class description

Minority Political Behavior. This is a graduate seminar for students interested in how minority group identity influences political behavior. We will define minority group identity broadly, covering race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, gender, sexual orientation. While a majority of the existing scholarship has tended to focus on African American, Latino, Asian American, and White political participation, the course will not be limited to only these topics. We will take up the role of gender, sexuality, and religion as each impacts the political development, attitudes, and behavior in American politics. Students will turn in a final research paper, and make a final presentation of their research findings.

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Class assignments and grading

Grading: Research Presentation: 30 points, Final Paper: 70 points


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Matthew A Barreto
Date: 09/27/2011