Political Science | African American Politics
Y325 | 21297 | 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
American politics and the African American experience; (2) identifying
and explicating the salient issues
of contemporary African American Politics; (3) critically analyzing
the arguments supporting and
opposing public policies and issues of special importance for the
contemporary African American
electorate; and (4) assessing the impact of the ascendancy of Barack
Obama on African American politics
and the African American collective..