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Race, Politics and Policies in the US


Units: 6


Race, Politics and Policies will address the politics of segregation and discrimination that have been present in the U.S since its independence. In this course, we will discuss the political foundations of racial segregation and the many policies that have consolidated discrimination and disparities.

Because this is essentially a policy course, we are going to analyze disparities and discrimination in a variety of policy areas including education, health, housing, access to social services and employment. The course will not only analyze existing policies, but also attempt to provide solutions to these problems, including current proposals such as reparations. Pittsburgh will be used as one of several case studies of local disparities.

Basic requirements are writing two policy memos and doing a group presentation.