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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2008

GOV 370K • 2-Latino Politics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39550 MW
4:30 PM-6:00 PM
MEZ B0.306
Casellas, J

Course Description

Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States, and any follower of recent elections knows that both political parties have heavily courted the Latino vote. The course will begin by examining the history of Latinos in the United States, including the diverse nature of the Latino community. We will begin with an introduction to the Chicano movement, and its major players, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales and Reies Lopes Tijerina. We will examine the extent to which Latinos are represented at all levels of government, including school boards, state legislatures, and Congress. We will also examine major public policies, like the origins of English-only legislation and recent efforts to revive such policies. We will also examine immigration policy, including a brief history of how immigration has affected people of Latino backgrounds, including the potential impact of proposed policies such as a guest worker program on Latino political incorporation. Finally, we will examine education policy, especially how No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has impacted the Latino community, as well as the determinants of the high school dropout problem, which is highest in the Latino community. We will delve deeper into the politics of Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans, by examining the Puerto Rican political experience in New York City, as well as the Cuban American model in Miami. New waves of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Central America, and South America have also changed the traditional focus on the three large Latino groups. Additionally, we will examine how traditional gender roles have subordinated Latinas, especially in the Chicano movement, but also in many recent political events. We will conclude by examining the future of the Latino vote by examining Latino voting behavior in recent elections and how the future may look for both political parties.

Grading Policy

Grades will be computed as follows: Exam I 20% Exam II 20% Exam III 25% Book Review 20% Quizzes (unannounced) 15% Total 100%


GarcĂ­a, F. Chris and Gabriel R. Sanchez. (2007). Hispanics and the U.S. Political System: Moving into the Mainstream Geron, Kim. (2005) Latino Political Power Torres, Maria de los Angeles. (1999). In the Land of Mirrors: Cuban Exile Politics in the United States. **Other readings will be journal articles, or selected chapters from other books. These will be marked with an * below in the appropriate week.


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