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PUAF U6150x Statistical Races & Public Policy 3 pts. Although public policies are based on counts of different population groups and their characteristics, the statistical base of policies starts not with counting but with the categories needed for policy making. In the U.S. and many other nations, policies frequently have been designed with reference to the size, distribution, and characteristics of "races." This creates "statistical races" - in distinction to biological, socially constructed or identity-based races. It is statistical races that matter in policymaking, Taking into account that statistical races have an influence on how persons experience their race. This course inquires into the origin of America's statistical races, and how they have accommodated demographic, scientific, and policy shifts across U.S. history, with emphasis on the last half-century. The course includes attention to how multiculturalism, diversity agendas, multi-racial identities, color-blind liberalism, immigration, and the human genome project have introduced unprecedented instability in today's racial politics and therefore in how America's statistical races - and therefore race policies - will evolve.

Term

Course
Number

Call# /
Section

Days & Times /
Location

Instructor

Autumn
2014

PUAF
6150

88397
001

W 11:00a - 12:50p
324 INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BLDG

K. Prewitt

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