POS 4622 FA 20110 (1) - Syllabus POS 4622 Politics and...

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Syllabus POS 4622 Politics and Civil Rights Dr. Terri Susan Fine Fall 2011 Section Location Day and Time Credit Hours 0001 CL 1 318 M 6-8:50pm 3 Instructor Contact: Instructor Dr. Terri Susan Fine
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Professor of Political Science Associate Director, Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government Office Phillips Hall 302K Office Hours Monday 1-5 and by appointment (Phillips Hall 302K) Note: Appointments available in the political science department, at the Lou Frey Institute in the Research Park (easy parking and no permit needed, or else Stop #2 on the #9 UCF Shuttle—Florida Institute of Government stop), or by telephone. Phone 407-823-2081 (Political Science Department) 407-823-3636 (Lou Frey Institute) Course mail Available through the “mail” function on the course home page. Contacting me through the "mail" function insures no SPAM and faster responsiveness. Personal e- mail [email protected] Note: E-mail to this personal account is to be used for emergencies only (i.e. if you have no Internet access); All regular communication must go through the course “mail” function. Non-emergency e-mail submitted to my personal account will not receive a response. Course page Available through Webcourses Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the politics of the civil rights experience in the United States since 1865. The course will focus on African-Americans and civil rights issues. The civil rights experience has been a long difficult struggle in the United States. We will explore the nature of that struggle from several perspectives. By the end of the course, students will be able to look at citizenship difficulties among African-Americans and how various aspects of the U.S. Constitution have served to define and redefine the nature and substance of citizenship. We will also explore the political nature of judicial decision making in the context of key U.S. Supreme Court cases as they apply to African- Americans. We will also examine key civil rights legislation and the role that
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key individuals, institutions and organizations play in mobilizing African- Americans to promote civil rights protection. Political behavior and opinion will also be examined. We will look at black political behavior from the perspectives of voting, interest group mobilization, protest activities and opinion formation. The examination of elite black political behavior will address the role and impact that minority and majority public officials play in the policy process in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Attention will be given to black legislators and their efforts to promote a civil rights agenda while at the same time assimilating to a predominantly white political environment. We will also look at issues such as reverse discrimination, majority-minority districting,
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POS 4622 FA 20110 (1) - Syllabus POS 4622 Politics and...

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