Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Mar 04, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024
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PUBPOL 2370 - Race, Racism, and Public Policy

(D-HE, SBA-HE)      
Fall, Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

S. Lindsay.

Public policy is a fundamental mechanism for addressing the most vexing and important social problems of our time. Racial inequality and structural racism are chief among such problems. Policy is thus widely understood and frequently touted as a means for redressing the harms of racism. Yet, public policy has also been identified as a channel through which racism flows. These seemingly paradoxical understandings of the relationships between racism and public policy raise critical questions about equality, democracy, the economy, and politics. This course examines such questions. questions. We begin by theoretically grounding key concepts such as “race” “racism” and “public policy.” We then consider the historical record, highlighting the fundamental role of racism in shaping politics and policy. Next, we build on these conceptual and historical foundations through thematic investigation of core policy elements (e.g., policy design, policy implementation, policy feedback), key policy institutions (e.g., legislatures, parties) and significant policy actors (e.g., social movement organizations, interest groups). Finally, the class wraps up with a series of policy “deep dives” involving close examination of specific policy domains (e.g., housing, health, the enviornment). This course provides students with the knowledge and analytical tools necessary to better understand the realities and complexities of race, racism, and public policy in the United States.

Outcome 1: Demonstrate significant knowledge about race, racism, and public policy.

Outcome 2: Apply such knowledge to the analysis of pressing social problems.

Outcome 3: Write about race and public policy with clarity and empirical grounding.

Outcome 4: Discuss intellectually rigorous content about contentious issues.

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