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Christopher S Parker
POL S 246
Seattle Campus

African American Politics

Survey of African Americans within the U.S. socio-political processes. Situates African Americans within a post-civil rights context where there is debate about race's centrality to an African American politics. Recommended: either AES 150, AFRAM 201, or POL S 202. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 246.

Class description

Description: Ever since arriving on the North American continent over four hundred years ago, African Americans have encountered myriad barriers to in their quest for inclusion. Drawing on a mix of history and social science, we will come to understand why certain segments of America remained steadfast in their refusal to cede equality to African Americans. We will also discuss the political strategies undertaken by the black community to combat the social, political, and economic injustices they’ve endured.

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Class assignments and grading

Texts: Gilliam, Franklin D. 2002. Farther to Go: Readings and cases in African-American politics. New York: Harcourt. Political Science 176 Course Reader. Available at the bookstore.

Grading: You are evaluated on a mid-term (30%); final (50%); and class participation (20%). On occasion, you may be quizzed. I will announce the quiz at least one class before I administer it. Quizzes will count toward class participation.


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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 11/21/2008