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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2005

T C 357 • Ethnic Politics-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42635 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CRD 007B

Course Description

This course will examine how different ethnic and racial groups participate politically. Examples will be drawn from various contexts, but the main focus will be on the politics of race and ethnicity in Latin America and the United States. We will analyze different types of political behavior ranging from voting to violence. The questions that we will consider include the following: What determines membership in a particular ethnic group? Why do some ethnic groups mobilize politically as a group, while others do not? What are the sources of ethnic conflict and how might it be resolved?

About the Professor Raúl Madrid is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1999. Before entering graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica and worked as a foreign affairs analyst at a research group in Washington, DC. His book, Retiring the State: The Politics of Pension Privatization in Latin America and Beyond, was published in 2003 by Stanford University Press. He is currently working on a book about the political participation of the indigenous population in Latin America. He used to play a lot of tennis, but now he is too busy chasing after his rambunctious children, Nico (age 7) and Bela (age 4).

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. Course work will entail weekly reading assignments, an in-class examination, and a 15-20 page research paper. In addition, students will be expected to participate regularly in class discussions and to make a short presentation of their research paper. The research paper will be written in three stages: a research proposal; a first draft of the paper; and a final draft of the paper. Student's grades will be determined as follows: Class participation: 10% Presentation: 5% Examination: 25% Research proposal: 10% First draft of paper: 15% Final draft of paper: 35%


The assigned readings will be drawn from the political science, sociological, and anthropological literatures on the topic. The majority of the readings will consist of recent articles on ethnic politics from a variety of academic (and some non-academic) journals.


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