Carnegie Mellon University

The Shading of Democracy: The Influence of Race on American Politics

Course Number: 84-330

This course will explore intersections of race, political influence, and the shaping of America's democracy. Discourse will focus on racial and ethnicity-related policies, practices, and processes designed to influence democratic outcomes. Students will examine complex and often pivotal occurrences that have transformed the political landscape through the works of Richard Rorty, Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness; and, Steve Phillips, Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.

Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Fall
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 6
Location(s): Washington, DC

Fall 2022
Mini 2
2:30-5:20 PM

This course is only open to students participating in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program.

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
BS Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in Politics and Public Policy