In this seminar we will examine the relationship between racial inequality and social policy in the United States. At a basic level, we can think of racial inequality existing between whites and "non-whites." At the same time, when looking at inequality we can note that problems of "race" intersect with problems of class and gender. In this course we will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the experience of African Americans. We will also consider the experiences of other racial minority groups. With respect to racial inequality, we will give particular attention to problems of employment opportunity, housing and neighborhood, education, political representation, crime, and poverty and welfare. The development of social policies designed to "solve" such problems are shaped by scholarly, political, and policy debates that are derived from various (and conflicting) informed perspectives. Policy ideas emerge from government, from institutes and non-profit organizations, scholars, and activists. There are probably no domestic policy debates in the U.S. that are more volatile than those related to "racial inequality." Ironically, patters of racial inequality have often been exacerbated by the very policies designed to ameliorate those inequalities.
COURSE FORMAT: Seminar
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM Grading Mode: Graded
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