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Fall 2012 - 63310 - BDP101 - Bridging Discplines (Undergraduate Studies)

Introduction to Public Policy: Race, Immigration and Citizenship

Instructor(s): Dorn, Edwin
Unique Number: 63310
Day & Time: T 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.220
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Course Overview

The BDP concentrations represent areas of innovative faculty research, teaching, and collaboration at UT Austin. Each program is guided by a cross-college panel of faculty members with research experience related to the BDP topic.

After completing 19 credit hours of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements the major. By studying an issue from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, they become more flexible, versatile thinkers, prepared for a professional world that values collaboration and innovation. Students in the BDPs also gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT Austin and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom.

Formed in 2002 by the Provost’s Office, the Bridging Disciplines Programs are a part of the School of Undergraduate Studies, which provides a diverse set of programs and resources that traverse boundaries between colleges and disciplines and enhance the quality of undergraduate education.

Section Description

The United States Constitution begins with “We, the People,” but does not say who “the people” are. As a result, we have been arguing for more than two centuries about who belongs here – who should be allowed to immigrate into the United States, who can claim citizenship, and whether different groups of people can have different rights and responsibilities. 

This seminar will use key policy documents – the 1790 Naturalization Act, the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott and Wong Kim Ark decisions, the 14th Amendment, and the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, among others – to trace the evolution of our long-running argument about who should be considered part of “We, the People.” In the process, students will learn about the three core components of all policies: classification (creating sub-groups within a population), assignment (determining which subgroup a particular individual belongs to) and allocation (doling out rights and responsibilities according to the classification.) The seminar also will cover the institutions and processes involved in developing and implementing public policy. 

This course meets from Tuesday, September 4, through Tuesday, October 23.