Politics 110 Minority Politics



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Dr. Patrizia Longo Department of Politics

GV 215 Tel. 631-4140

Office hours: TTH 8:30-9:30 a.m. plongo@stmarys-ca.edu

or by appointment TTH 9:40-11:10 D117
POLITICS 110

Minority Politics
This course fulfills the college requirement for cultural diversity by examining minority group politics. This course is 1.25 credits.
Course Texts

The following book is required for the course. Other readings are included in two "Minority Politics in the United States" (1 and 2) readers to be purchased from your professor during the first week of classes ($50).


Michael LeMay. 2000. The Perennial Struggle: Race, Ethnicity, and Minority Group Politics in the United States. Prentice Hall.
The following books are recommended:
Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart, Jr. 2006. "Can We All Get Along?" Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics. Fourth edition. Westview (available at the bookstore)
Ronald Takaki. 1993. A Different Mirror: A Multicultural History of America. Boston: Back Bay Books.
DeSipio, Louis, and Rodolfo O. de la Garza. 1998. Making Americans, Remaking America: Immigration and Immigrant Policy. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Gordon H. Chang, ed.  Asian Americans and Politics: Perspectives, Experiences, Prospects.  Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.
F. Chris Garcia, ed.  Pursuing Power:  Latinos and the Political System.  University of Notre Dame Press, 1997.

David E. Wilkins.  American Indian Politics and the American Political System.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002.



Course Objectives

Minority groups have become the driving force in American elections and policy making today. Thus, as citizens and students of politics, it is important to have a thorough understanding of minority groups, the role they play in the American political system, and the consequences of minority group power. This course is designed to provide you with both a theoretical understanding and empirical grounding in the politics of racial and ethnic minority groups in America.

This course also helps you develop several of the goals of the baccalaureate degree: an ability to inquire, think, analyze, write, read, speak, and listen; an historical consciousness; intercultural experience; and an understanding of human behavior and human institutions.


Course Description 

From its first days, the United States has faced the dilemma of how to incorporate populations different from the majority population.  This dilemma continues today and appears in discussions of such issues as affirmative action, immigration and naturalization, language policy, and social welfare policy.  In this course, we will examine the major theories that attempt to explain the roles of race and ethnicity in U.S. politics.  We will examine the phenomenon of ethnicity and race in the political development of the United States.  Finally, we will look at the political attitudes and behaviors of ethnic and racial populations in order to measure their contemporary political influence.

The course’s substantive focus is the politics and experiences of four specific groups: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. This examination and analysis will not only enhance our understanding of these groups' political roles, but will demonstrate that the U.S. political system cannot be fully understood without understanding the political dynamics of ethnicity and race.



Course Requirements

This course is centered on your readings, community-based research, and class discussions. Therefore, it is particularly important that you read the assigned material on time, attend all classes, and participate in the discussions and projects.       


Students must complete the following:
Mid-Term Paper

The mid-term paper is based on the class readings and discussions for the first half of the course. Your assignment is to write a 6-8 page paper (typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins and numbered pages, and stapled). The mid-term paper is due in class on Wednesday, October 10 by 9 a.m. in my office (hand in a paper copy and send an electronic copy to the professor).


Final Paper

The final paper is based on the class readings for the second half of the course and your own community-based research. The paper (hard and electronic copy) is due on Thursday, December 6.


Abstract: Provide a 200 word (not included in your total word limit) abstract for your midterm and final papers.

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