This seminar explores the incorporation of Latinx communities in American politics in both historical and contemporary contexts. We will examine the factors that have shaped the evolution of political identities among Latinx individuals across the country, ranging from the hyper-local to the pan-ethnic. We will investigate the political attitudes and behaviors associated with Latinx voters, how parties and candidates engage them in electoral politics, and the extent to which U.S. representative institutions serve their interests. We will consider the conditions in which Latinx communities have mobilized to protest injustice and demand civil rights. Throughout the seminar, students will be presented with a range of theoretical frameworks along with different forms of data analysis aimed at understanding Latinx political behavior.
Minimum GPA: 3.3
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars will provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members while also giving the students an understanding for faculty research.
Junior seminars fulfill upper division requirements for the major.
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior status (must be 3rd or 4th year students with at least 60 units completed) with a minimum overall UC GPA of 3.3. Students must place themselves on the waitlist through CalCentral in Phase II. Priority may be given to students who have not yet taken a junior seminar. Selection and notification will occur in early January 2022.