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Courses - Fall 2023
University Honors
Systemic Racism in Public Opinion and Policy Attitudes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
If we believe that racism is bad, why do we still support racist policies? No matter how hard we work to end it, the challenge of racism seems here to stay. Though attitudes toward racial segregation in schools have changed, schools are more racially isolated than ever. There is a disconnect in American public life between support for the idea of equality and resistance to policies aimed at addressing racism, and a deep divide over how to eliminate inequality. This course focuses on public opinion and how these attitudes inform public policy. Can we address systemic inequality through public engagement and by changing the national narrative with the support of evidence? Does change come from shifting views or shifting policies? Students will explore these issues through a case study on racial equity in the Honors College. By developing skills in evidence-based op-ed writing and survey-based experiments, students will add their voices to these pressing public debates of our time.
Restricted to University Honors students matriculating in Fall 2020 and later. HNUH238B is the required course in the Systemic Racism cluster. Systemic Racism classes will be offered through Spring 2024.