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POL S 334: U.S. Latino Politics

Monday & Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1:20 pm, Winkenwerder Forest Sciences 201

Professor: Matt A. Barreto
Office: Gowen 148
Office Hours: Weds. 1:30 3:00pm

Course Description:

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:]


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 points

GPA Point Scale

Extra 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.