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Course Details

Course Code: POLS512 Course ID: 4836 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is a study of diverse groups as political players in society -- their history as outsiders, strategies for gaining political power, the evolution of public policies that affect the lives and opportunities of these groups mainly in the United States. In this course, students will explore core political constructs such as governance, policymaking, participation, conflict, and attitudes through the lens of gender, race and ethnicity. The course focuses primarily upon the experiences of several groups: African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Arabs, women, and gays and lesbians. The goal of this course is to provide students with the necessary theoretical and methodological foundations needed to understand and analyze gender, racial, and ethnic politics in the United States

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. To assess the role of diversity within the context of American politics
  2. To examine the constitutional foundations for equality in the American political system.
  3. To evaluate the concept of diversity within the American political culture.
  4. To analyze the role of race and value of race in the American political process.
  5. To analyze the general role and value of gender in the American political process.
  6. To evaluate the electoral process and political behavior of gender.
  7. To evaluate the political participation of women in the American political process.
  8. To examine the current state of civil rights and civil liberties in the American political system.

Forums There are five Forum assignments. See the Course Announcement (Week One) page for Forum Guidelines.

* Additional information on Forums

Each Forum assignment requires that each student provide at substantive replies to other student posts. The criteria for substantiveness includes the following:

  1. The reply is in a complete paragraph, and is suggested to be 150 words in length.
  2. The reply genuinely adds new information or fresh insight.
  3. It does not simply summarize what another student has said. Example: “I really like your post, especially when you said…”
  4. The reply is supported by at least one source, similar to the original Forum response.

Article Reviews There are two short papers. For each paper, students select any three articles from our readings, and offer a summary, review, and critical analysis. Papers should be approximately 4-5 double-spaced pages, Times New Roman or Arial 12” font in Turabian style format or citation style of student's discipline of study.

Research Paper There is a final research paper. This paper must be relevant to course concepts, theories, and politics or public policy. All paper topics must be selected with the professor’s approval. You will submit a brief topic proposal by the end of Week 3 of the class. The paper should be approximately 10 pages, double-spaced, using Arial 12” font in Turabian style format or citation style of student's discipline of study. DUE: Last day of course, 11:55 PM (ET)

Submission of Assignments:

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are due by SUNDAY Evening at 11:55 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) as outlined in the Course Outline below. To better facilitate class discussion, initial responses should be made by Friday 11:55 pm ET each week and are suggested to be 300 words in length. Any assignments submitted late will receive a point deduction, unless the student contacts the instructor ahead of time about an extenuating situation and receives permission to submit work after the established course deadline. For each day that the assignment is late, the assignment is penalized 10% of the maximum grade. Repeated late submissions may result in failure of the course.

  1. Lesson Notes
  2. Assigned Readings and Web Resources
  3. Students must also have also have a computer with access to the internet, per APUS guidelines, with Microsoft Office installed. If for some reason you do not have Office, please download's productivity suite, which is compatible with it.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.