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Undergraduate Course Details
Number POL 327
Title Race and American Politics
Credits 3.0
Distribution DIII/V


Through a primary focus on the struggles for and against civil rights, this course provides a historical, ideological, and institutional examination of race within the context of American political development. In our readings and discussions we will consider: (1) the various ways race has been conceptualized; (2) the connections between those who hold these ideological frameworks and their corresponding legislative agendas; and (3) the institutional channels (both governmental and nongovernmental) that facilitate and limit these political actors' attempts to advance or hinder civil rights. Three lecture hours per week.