Montgomery College 2019-2020 Catalog 
    Oct 23, 2020  
Montgomery College 2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POLI 252 - Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics

Examines the role of race/ethnicity in the American political system. Themes discussed include the social construction of race; the concept of racial hierarchy; racial/ethnic origins of political institutions (e.g., the Constitution); minority representation; the relationship among race, racism, and public/foreign policy; immigration and citizenship; and the role of race in campaigns. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , READ 120 . Three hours each week. Formerly PS 210.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Explain the nature of racial assignation.
  • Discuss the meanings and importance of race as a concept.
  • Define racism.
  • Analyze the system of racial/ethnic order in American politics.
  • Identify key events and actors that help produce this system.
  • Evaluate the past and contemporary impacts of racial hierarchy on the political system.
  • Identify the role of race in the creation and ongoing processes of prominent political institutions.
  • Discuss the scope and nature of minority representation in government.
  • Locate the nexus between racism and how policy is designed and carried out at home and abroad.
  • Examine key political events (past & present) that underscore this connection.
  • Analyze the relationship between ideas of race & ethnicity and beliefs about immigration.
  • Discuss the ongoing debates on illegal immigration.
  • Discuss the racial/ethnic implications inherent in citizenship and an “American” identity.
  • Analyze what it means to “play the race card” in politics.
  • Examine and discuss key historical examples of racial politics.
  • Explain how course material fits into the discipline of political science.
  • Distinguish among facts, opinions, and inferences.
  • Develop questions to clarify a problem, topic, or issue.
  • Organize thoughts and communicate them clearly and concisely in oral and written forms.

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