POLS 3158 Race, Law and the State

3 hours; 3 credits

Analysis of the politics of race and the law?including the role of the law in slavery and Reconstruction, the post-Reconstruction development of the American penal system, the history of Native American conquest and land rights, immigration and the changing definitions of citizenship, the liberation struggles of the 1960s and the reaction of law enforcement, mass incarceration and post-9/11 racial politics. Focus on developing students' critical reading and analytical writing skills and on engaging with the issues of the day and their historical contexts in substantive, thorough form.

Prerequisite: Core Studies 3 or Core Curriculum 1230, or any Political Science course in the 1000-level range, or English 1010 or equivalent, or permission of department.

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