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2021-2022 Catalog

GOVT 418 Race, Prisons, Citizenship

Liberal democracies typically promise equal benefits and rights to all citizens. But who gets to count as a citizen and who is excluded from all (or part) of its benefits? This course will explore the contested ideal of citizenship and chart a variety of ways that this ideal is undermined. Special attention is dedicated to mass incarceration and racial exclusion within the United States.  [SS, GM1, V, W]


GOVT 104 and one of the following: GOVT 241, GOVT 242, GOVT 243, GOVT 244, GOVT 245, GOVT 246, GOVT 248, GOVT 341, PHIL 260, or permission of instructor