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Behavioral Science and Leadership: SS392


Welcome to the Research Guide for SS392. This seminar is an introduction to the concepts of race, gender, and sexuality in the American political system. It will focus on the fundamental institutions and processes involved in our system of government, with a focus on the concepts of civil rights and liberties as they pertain to the overarching topics of discussion. Emphasis will be placed on the inherent inequalities found within the structures, rules, and processes of the American political system. The class will also move outside the borders of the United States to consider some of these same concepts in other countries to provide a comparison of how states deal with majority-minority relations and inequalities in their governmental systems. (taken from SS392 Course Guide)

Required Textbooks

Delgado, Richard and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. 2nd edition. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2012.

Ferguson, Susan (ed.). Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality and Identity. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2016.

Sullivan, Nikki. A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2003.

Tong, Rosemarie. Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction. 4td edition. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2014.

Scholarly Journal Links

These top level subject links are to suggested scholarly journals the USMA Library has for your use. 



International Journal of Discrimination and the Law




Research Paper Prompt and Tips

Research Paper: In lieu of a TEE you will be expected to write a 3000-3500 word research paper that is due at the end of the semester. This paper should choose a defining political/social/cultural moment in United States history that relates to the topics we discuss in class. Ensure that you provide a complete overview of the event. You will also need to provide some theoretical background and also discuss how your chosen event shaped the political time in which it occurred and how the event changed our political spectrum going forward. For example, a discussion of the Stonewall riots and its impact on the fight for LGBT rights in the United States. (SS392 Course Guide).

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