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POL SCI 181B: U.S. Latino Politics

Note: This class is multiple-listed with Chicano Studies

Spring 2018, Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am - 11:50am, Haines A18

Course Description:

This class will examine the history and contemporary role of Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. political system. We begin with a brief historical analysis of Latino immigration and migration, followed by the struggles during the civil rights movement, then increases in citizenship, registration and voting in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally we address the new wave of anti-immigrant attitudes, and the response by Latinos today. The class will also focus on political relationships between Latinos and non-Latinos as they relate to political institutions, political parties, voting coalitions, representation and public policy – including a focus on Latinos role in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections. Finally, students will learn how to analyze data on Latino public opinion, voting behavior and political attitudes using the Latino National Survey (LNS) or the American National Election Study (ANES) 2016 dataset on a broad range of topics. Students can select to work on any political, policy, social issue topic and public opinion data will be provided. Students will conduct basic analysis to answer questions about how Latinos view the political system and why.

Note: Final exam to be held Monday, June 11, 11:30am - 2:30pm.

Books / Articles:

Each week there will be required readings from one or more of these books. Readings should be done for the day they are assigned. For many weeks, the required readings are posted online, or distributed as a handout. The complete, week-by-week reading list is also posted on the course website.

  • Garcia, F. Chris and Gabriel Sanchez. 2008. Hispanics and the U.S. Political System. Pearson/Prentice Hall.

  • Barreto, Matt and Gary Segura. 2014. Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation. Public Affairs Press.

Week-by-week syllabus with reading assignments: Download Syllabus

PS181B Online Readings:

  • Garcia & Sanchez Chapter 1
  • Garcia & Sanchez Chapter 2
  • Garcia & Sanchez Chapter 3
  • Garcia & Sanchez Chapter 5
  • Garcia & Sanchez Chapter 7
  • Garcia & Sanchez Chapter 8
  • Latino voter mobilization (Ramírez) for Week 5 (May 3)
  • GOTV and vote choice (Nuño) for Week 5 (May 3)
  • Door-to-door canvassing (Michelson) for Week 5 (May 3)
  • (Santa Ana) for Week 8
  • (Gonzales) for Week 8
  • (Sanchez & Gomez-Aguinaga) for Week 8
  • (Barreto et. al.) for Week 8
  • (Lavariega) for Week 8

    For Final Project

  • Latino National Survey Questionnaire for Final Project
  • LNS Dataset in Stata format for Final Project
  • Stata Instructions for Final Project
  • Example charts in Excel for Final Project
  • R Instructions for Final Project
  • ANES 2016 Questionnaire for Final Project
  • ANES Latino Data in Stata format for Final Project