Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Latino Policy Issues
Instructor(s): Maggie Rodriguez
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62515
Day & Time: Fridays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.220
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: Cross List with J 349T; J395

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course will consider broad policy and political considerations regarding the U.S. Latino community. We will explore the challenges and contributions of the Latino community-- both nationally and in key states such as Texas – and develop a greater understanding of the dynamics at work as the Latino community exerts its considerable potential. We’ll look at policy areas that include politics, education, immigration, voting, media, among others.

We will consider, for example, reports issued by national public interest organizations such as the Pew Hispanic Center showing the changing ethnic and racial demographics in our public schools. What are the policy considerations that such changing demographics reflect? Will the growing Latino community – estimated to become a majority of the Texas population by 2030 – change the way elected officials approach public education, healthcare and labor issues? On the immigration front, we will consider the various perspectives associated with hot-button terms such as “enforcement” and “amnesty” and develop a greater understanding for the nuances of each.

And, we will do much of the above with an impressive array of local and national guest speakers and lecturers from a wide variety of backgrounds who will share their knowledge, expertise and critical thinking.

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