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POLISC-290 - Ethnic and Gender Politics - Dr. Deems D. Morrione

Course:Ethnic and Gender Politics
Professor:Dr. Deems D. Morrione
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


This course explores the politics of otherness in the United States.  Our chief focus will be on examining the political permutations of otherness as they find articulation in discourses concerning ethnicity/race and gender/sexuality/gender identity.  The goal is not to discover the “essence” of any group or person, but to elucidate the ways in which political narratives make various forms of cultural anxiety, subjectivity, and social cohesion possible.  Among the specific issues to be covered this semester are:  discrimination, -isms, political marking, identity, immigration, poverty, inclusivity/exclusivity, equality, and the collapse of wholeness.

Course Description

An overview of the history, the issues, and the political processes that effect the status and power of groups which have traditionally been politically and socially disadvantaged in the United States.  These groups include, but are not restricted to, African-Americans, Asians, Native-Americans, Latinos, and Women.

What to Expect in this Course

This course has regular synchronous meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM each week where students will attend the professor's "remote" lecture sessions.  Most of the reading materials are fairly accessible, but there are few that are a bit more challenging.  You will need a reliable internet connection and be able to use Canvas and Zoom.  Make sure to to read the Announcements section in Canvas prior to the first class--your information about how to access our meetings will be housed there. 

Types of Assessments

There are three exams and 3 short writing assignments called Critical News Analyses (you will be using the reading materials in class to critique current political events in the United States).

Textbook Information

Readings will be housed in Canvas and provided by the instructor unless otherwise specified.

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 06/07/2021 Sub#: 223