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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Eric McDaniel

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor of Government
Eric McDaniel

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Biography

Professor McDaniel specializes in American politics. His research areas include religion and politics, Black politics, and organizational behavior. His work targets how and why Black religious institutions choose to become involved in political matters. In addition, his work targets the role of religious institutions in shaping Black political behavior.

Recent Publications:
2008. Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Interests

Study of political behavior with an emphasis on racial and ethnic politics, and religion and politics, Black religious institutions choosing to become involved in politics, Church based political activism, Interaction of race and religion, Religious interpretations and how they ma differ between racial groups and how this might shape political attitudes, Issues related to national pride and national identity

AFR 374D • Black Church In Afr Amer Polit

30433 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 301
(also listed as GOV 370K, R S 346 )
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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to examine the political role of the Black church in the African American experience. Through the examination of the historical and contemporary scholarship on the Black church, this course will critically analyze how the church, its leaders, and members have used it to achieve the political goals of African Americans.

Prerequisite

The prerequisites for this course are upper division standing and six hours of lower division coursework in Government.

 Required Texts

1. McDaniel, Eric L. 2008. Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2. Schmidt, Diane E. 2010. Writing in Political Science: A Practical Guide. Fourth ed. Boston: Longman.

3. Sernett, Milton C., ed. 1999. African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness. Durham: Duke University Press.

4. Thurman, Howard. 1976. Jesus and the Disinherited. Boston: Beacon Press.

5. Course Pack available at Paradigm Copies 407 West 24th Street

 Recommended Books

1. Leedy, Paul D., and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod. 2004. Practical Research: Planning and Design. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.   

Video References

1. Cross, June. 2003. God is a Negro. In This Far by Faith. USA: PBS Video.

2. Markowitz, Alice. 2003. Freedom Faith. In This Far by Faith. USA: PBS Video.

3.Bagwell, Orlando, and Susan Bellows. 1998. Africans in America : America's Journey Through Slavery. USA: PBS Video.

 Coursework  

Discussion Papers 60%

The discussion papers are 4-5 page typed papers that provide points for class conversation. The purpose of the discussion papers is to establish issues and concerns in response to the class readings. This is an opportunity for students to voice questions and concerns related to the readings. Students are required to discuss the readings and course materials of the week to address a question raised. You are required to provide proper citation and a bibliography in the preparation of the discussion papers. These papers are due at the beginning of class. There will be five discussion papers. The discussion papers are worth 60% of the final grade.

Research Paper 40%

A major aspect of the course will be the development of a research paper. The topic of the research paper will be the choosing of the student and must relate to religion and politics in regards to a racial and/or ethnic minority group in the United States. The paper is to be 12-15 pages in length and will be completed in three stages (prospectus, outline, and final draft). 

 

AFR 374D • Black Church In Afr Amer Polit

30240 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.202
(also listed as GOV 370K, R S 346 )
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AFR 374D • Black Church In Afr Amer Pol

35325 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm JGB 2.102
(also listed as GOV 370K )
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Description: The purpose of this course is to examine the political role of the Black
church in the African American experience. Through the examination of
the historical and contemporary scholarship on the Black church, this
course will critically analyze how the church, its leaders, and members
have used it to achieve the political goals of African Americans. This
class will be reading and writing intensive.


Grading Policy:

TBD


Required Texts:


   1. Pinn, Anne H., and Anthony B. Pinn. 2002. /Fortress Introduction
      to Black Church History/. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.
   2. Sernett, Milton C., ed. 1999. /African American Religious History:
      A Documentary Witness/. Durham: Duke University Press.
   3. Course Pack available at Paradigm Copies 407 West 24^th Street
   4. Other texts may be added

*Recommended Books*

   1. Faigley, Lester. 2006. /The Brief Penguin Handbook/. Second ed.
      New York: Pearson Longman.//
   2. Leedy, Paul D., and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod. 2004. /Practical
      Research: Planning and Design/. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ:
      Prentice-Hall, Inc.

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