College Of Arts And Sciences | Ideologies & The Politics of Race
E104 | 0173 | Chabot
Why has the politics of race remained such a sensitive and divisive
issue in this country? How have the ideological differences between
liberals and conservatives, welfare staters and free marketeers affected the
way we think about the politics of race? Can Areasonable people@ be
expected to set their ideological differences aside in talking about race?
Or is Areasonableness@ itself a product of ideology, making it impossible to
get beyond ideology?
In taking up these questions, we will spend the first half of the
course studying the historical roots and contemporary aspects of three major
ideologies: liberalism, conservatism, and socialism. While the politics of
race will be present in this part of the course, our main purpose will be to
understand the general ideas behind each of these ideologies. Readings
(75-100 pages per week) will include selections from John Stuart Mill, Karl
Marx, Adam Smith, Newt Gingrich, and others. Two midterm exams (each worth
about 25 percent) will determine most of your grade on this material.
During the second half of the course, we will explore the connection
between ideology and the politics of race. Three Adiagnoses@ of race in
America, one from a conservative, one from a liberal, and a third from a
more Afrocentric point of view, will be discussed. A final paper, worth
about 40 percent of your grade, will require you to choose one (or some
combination) of these perspectives and defend it as the most reasonable
approach to the politics of race in America. Ten percent of your grade will
be based on in class exercises and attendance.