AASP 101 Fall 2011 (1)

AASP 101 Fall 2011 (1) - University of Maryland College...

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University of Maryland College Park African American Studies Department AASP 101: Public Policy and the Black Community Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15pm Tydings Hall 0101 Fall 2011 Professor: Gniesha Y. Dinwiddie, Ph.D. Office: 2169 LeFrak Hall Room 2169Q Direct Telephone: 301-405-8938 E-mail: gnieshad@umd.edu Office Hours: Tuesdays 9am-10:50am or by appointment The purpose of this course is to introduce students to public policy issues confronting African American communities by examining the role of social policy formation. The course will help students develop an understanding of public policy and the political process that have implications for government action. As we survey both current and past policies, the class will consider the roles played by political access, economic power, political economy and institutional racism and the impact of racism and discrimination on the shaping and limitations of policy making. Throughout the course we will explore the intersections of race, class, gender, citizenship and national community. Our specific policy concerns include: civil rights, voting rights, education, employment, gender inequality criminal justice, poverty, healthcare, environmental racism, and economic development. Students must be prepared for intensive study, a variety of reading and writing assignments and active class participation. At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1) Define public policy and explain how policy is made on federal, state and local levels. 2) Identify key policies, court cases, events, organizations, and leaders of importance in the African American community and throughout history. 3) Understand the variety of decision-making and problem solving skills involved in policy making. 4) Evaluate the effects on and consequences of certain policies for African Americans using interdisciplinary methods. 5) Write a short policy brief outlining the statement of the problem, the policy history, pros/cons of the legislation and potential solutions. Readings:
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