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DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Spring, 2009 Course Title : POLS 410 - African American Politics Instructor : Dr. Michael L. Clemons 7020 Batten Arts and Letters Bldg. POLS - (757) 683-3841 (O) MClemons@ODU.EDU (E-mail) Office Hours : 3:00 – 4:00 TR; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm or by appointment Lectures : Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 pm – 2:45 p.m., BAL 3058 COURSE DESCRIPTION This course examines the political behavior of African Americans in the United States by focusing on the groups’ relationships with the various actors, institutions, and processes of the American political system. Special attention is given to contemporary problems, developments, and trends. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have the necessary intellectual and analytic tools to systematically assess the relationship between African Americans and United States' governmental processes and institutions. The goals of the course are to: 1) develop an understanding of the nature and effects of African American participation in the American political process; 2) study, apply and critique traditional and newly emergent theories regarding African American political participation; 3) acquire basic knowledge of the influence of African Americans in world affairs with an emphasis on the Black Diaspora and the emerging global multiculturalism within which it unfolds; 4) enhance students’ critical thinking and analytical skills; and 5) develop students’ communication abilities (writing and oral presentation skills). Instructional Strategies . Basic strategies of instruction include assigned readings, lecture- discussion, and class assignments (oral and written and individual and group). Selected video documentaries are utilized to enhance the learning process. Each class session has specific reading assignments for the subject(s) to be covered. Students are expected to read all assignments by the date due in preparation for class discussion. Students with disabilities should notify the instructor at the beginning of the semester of any special needs. The principle that students should expect that their learning environment is free from any form of prejudice is strictly adhered to in this course. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Attendance . Attendance is required since this course relies on the instructor's lectures as the key method of in-class teaching. It is expected that students will complete all assigned readings by the time of the lectures, and students should come to class well-informed of the political events of the day. Please note that attendance will be assessed as a part of classroom participation . You are also required to be on time for class. Required Readings
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