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Sheila Edwards Lange
PB AF 569
Seattle Campus

Race and Public Policy

Analyzes the way in which the persistent problem of race is expressed in the formation and implementation of social and public policy.

Class description

This course examines diversity as broader than race/ethnicity in the development and implementation of public policy. The history of diversity-related policy-making and the social construction of groups targeted by such policies will be explored. While course reading and discussion will focus on domestic policy processes, global perspectives on diversity will be considered.

Course readings and discussions will focus on definitions of diversity and multiculturalism in a democracy. We will examine why public policy on diversity is relevant in a pluralist society. Dimensions of diversity to be covered include religion, gender, race/ethnicity, tribal affiliation, disabilities, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Each week the class will focus on a unique dimension of diversity, including a historical review of policy-making, current perspectives and challenges for policy implementation.

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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.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 10/10/2008