Race and Politics

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Spring 2013 Seminar
Meets: T 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5044
2 classroom credits

This course traces the trajectory of select sentiment, ideology and media relevant to the recent concept of a “post-racial” American society. While the successful campaign of President Barack Obama certainly acted as a galvanizing force for post racial conceptualizations and discourse, this course will consider this political watershed within a larger context of the historical and current factors facilitating the development of such a debatable construct. Relevant factors including the flaws and promises of traditional civil rights movements, changing demographics, evolving issues of race, therise of the Tea Party, a caustic healthcare debate, anti-immigrant sentiment, political polarization, ongoing economic turmoil, and a sympathy for the loss of whiteness in traditional national identity will be discussed through literature, journalism and visual media.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights , Government Structure & Function .