POL S 334: U.S. Latino Politics
Monday & Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1:20 pm, Winkenwerder Forest Sciences 201
Professor: Matt A. Barreto
This class will examine the history and contemporary role of Latinos as a minority group in the U.S. political system. We begin with a historical analysis of Latino immigration and migration, followed by the struggles during the civil rights movement, then increases in citizenship, registration and voting in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally we address the new wave of anti-immigrant attitudes, and the response by Latinos today. The class will also focus on political relationships between Latinos and non-Latinos as they relate to political institutions, political parties, voting coalitions, representation and public policy – including a focus on Latinos role in the 2010 midterm election. Finally, students will participate as researchers in the Political Science survey lab, helping to collect data in a public opinion survey on attitudes towards Latinos, immigration, and other topics. [Link to sign-up for survey lab days: http://www.doodle.com/vxwu5pugsykadfax]
Each week there will be required readings from one or more of these books. Readings should be done for the day they are assigned. For many weeks, the required readings are posted online, or distributed as a handout. The complete, week-by-week reading list is also posted on the course website.
Garcia, F. Chris and Gabriel Sanchez. 2008. Hispanics and the U.S. Political System. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Jones-Correa, Michael. 1998. Between Two Nations. Cornell University Press.
Barreto, Matt. 2010. Ethnic Cues. University of Michigan Press.
Short paper 15 points Midterm Exam 30 points Research Project Participation 25 points Final Paper (15 pages) 30 points ---------------------------------------------------- TOTAL 100 pointsExtra Credit:
Throughout the quarter, there will be opportunities to attend various events, talks, and symposiums on campus that are related to American government which will count for small, but important, extra credit points.
Important Dates: (subject to change)
Jan 3, 2011 (TODAY) First Day of Class Feb 2, 2011 Short paper due by 11:30 a.m. Feb 21, 2011 Midterm Exam (11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.) Feb 23, 2011 Introduction to data analysis – Savery 117 Feb 28, 2011 Savery 117 – work on data analysis Mar 2, 2011 Savery 117 – work on data analysis Mar 17, 2011 Final paper due by 5:00 p.m.