College Of Arts and Sciences | Race, Ethnicity and Politics
E104 | 2503 | Alex-Assensoh, Y.
Over the last two decades, the term “minority” has expanded from its
erstwhile reference to Black Americans to include -- in a broadened
description -- other people of color, women and homosexuals. At the
same time, the expansion of the term “minority” has created a host of
new challenges in the American political system. This course is,
therefore, geared toward helping students to understand the political
connotations of the term “minority” as well as the manner in which
different minority groups play the political game. This class will
focus comparatively on the political behavior of racial and ethnic
minorities, including Native Americans, Blacks, Latinos and Asian
The class will be taught as a lecture, often featuring debates, panel
discussions, group projects, videos, role-playing and brain-storming
sessions, all of which are to be based mainly on weekly readings.
Therefore, the perusal of the assigned readings as well as class
participation are crucial and, indeed, absolutely necessary for a
student to either do very well or pass the course successfully.