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Spring 2012
Apr 16,2014
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POLI 309 - CIVIL RIGHTS
The purposes of this course are to acquaint students with three modern civil rights movements in America--Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation--from three different perspectives--normative, empirical, and doctrinal development of Supreme Court cases. It will also address voting and representation as civil rights issues. The course is organized around two central questions--what are the major developments in civil rights in the 20th century and to what extent can the US Supreme Court drive social change? To address these questions, we will examine relevant Court cases, the actions of other political actors (e.g., President, Congress, state and local officials, and interest groups), and assess the impact of Court cases on the development of civil rights. The course is organized into four sections--an overview of civil rights, discrimination, privacy and voting rights. The readings for each substantive sections of the course (race, gender, sexual orientation, and voting rights) begin with doctrinal analysis of relevant Supreme Court cases in the issue area, which is followed by normative and empirical arguments about whether the Court has played a role in bringing about social change. The topics and readings reflect the interdisciplinary nature of studying civil rights and political science more broadly by drawing on work from legal studies, history, economics and philosophy. The authors are generally considered experts in the field and employ various research methods. The point of this course is not to convince students that one research method is the best way to understand civil rights, but to approach the subject from different angles.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Political Science Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, MJ-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-Africian-Amer Stds, MJ-AMER- Amer Thought & Value, MJ-AMER-Advanced Cat Elective, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, WRITING INTENSIVE

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

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