Political Science | African American Politics Debated
Y210 | 30008 | Hanks
“Politics is the process of decision making (generic), the
authoritative allocation of values (David Easton), and who gets what,
when, and how (Harold Laswell). Politics in the U.S. has historically
either facilitated or repressed the goal of African American equity.
This course will have four foci: (1) a panoramic view of politics and
the African American experience; (2) identifying and explicating the
salient issues of contemporary African American Politics; and (3)
critically analyzing the arguments supporting and opposing public
policies and issues of special importance for the contemporary black
electorate; and (4) assessing the impact of the ascendancy of Barack
Obama on African American politics and the African American collective.