Political Science: Race Relations
Session Dates: June 27 - July 10, 2021
Exploring important issues surrounding the politics of race.
Projections show that the United States is quickly becoming a minority-majority nation. U.S. Census data suggests that by 2044, over half of the population will be non-white. Given these projections, it is important that we understand how different racial groups interact with one another socially and politically.
Academic research often focuses on white-minority relations, yet given future demographics, it is of growing importance to understand intra-minority relations. This course will focus primarily on Black-Latinx relations, while offering comparisons to their Asian and White counterparts. We will begin by focusing on the important issues and topics that Black and Latinx groups encounter in the US. After grounding the groups in their individual contexts, we will take on various political issues to determine how Black and Latinx groups work together (or against each other). This course will also ground those arguments around theories of threat, contact, and group positioning, among others.
At the end of the course, students will have a nuanced perspective on race-relations that is not easily explained by notions of complete solidarity or discrimination, but a complicated relationship that is operationalized through state actors and white supremacy.
The course will be administered via the Zoom web platform, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn alongside students from around the world.
Pre-College Summer Programs for high school students will be offered exclusively through online instruction in summer 2021.
Students who participated last summer enjoyed a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities that enhanced their academic studies. Whether competing for first place in our virtual “House Competition,” receiving daily 1-on-1 and group support from current LMU undergraduates, or dropping into nightly social activities with peers – students felt that one aspect of summer they loved most was the sense of community they built during their time online with LMU.
- Gain an important understanding of the social and political interactions between different groups in the United States
- Assess and analyze key works of scholarship and apply critical reasoning to contemporary debates
- Engage in mature reflection and active political discussion
Application Fee: $65
2021 Program Cost: $2,700
The program cost includes:
- Tuition for online two-week, non-credit course
- Course books and materials*
- College preparedness workshops with LMU Admission and Financial Aid offices
- Career readiness workshops with LMU's Career and Professional Development office
- Online social activities with LMU's student ambassadors
- Access to current LMU faculty, staff, and students to answer any questions about Liberal Arts majors, the college application process, life at LMU and more!
*A personal computer or video conferencing capable mobile device and internet access are required for this course and are not covered in the cost of tuition and fees.
For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.
This class is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
- Online Application
- Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
- Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
- High School Transcripts
- $65 Application Fee
- TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)
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Political Science: Race Relations pre-college applications are now open!