Census 2020: Principles of Power
This course will introduce and familiarize students with the federal decennial census process and why it’s important to the nation and to New York in particular. Students will learn about the need to count “hard to count” communities (racial and ethnic, minorities, young children, renters, and immigrants), why there is a census undercount of certain population groups, how the census is used for federal funding and reapportionment/redistricting, and obtain a “hands on” view of how New York is gearing up in an unprecedented way to promote the census and count residents. A study of relevant U.S. Supreme Court case law will provide students with an understanding of how the census is conducted, how and where people are counted, whether non-citizens should be included in congressional reapportionment, and how adjustments made to the census can be made to compensate for undercounting of certain populations.
This upper-level seminar class will be provided in 12 topical segments, each ranging from 30–45 minutes to two hours. Expert guest speakers will provide presentations on New York City’s demographics, the New York City Census outreach program, an overview of the census timetable, questionnaire and process from the Census Bureau, how to conduct census “get out the count” efforts, and the role being undertaken by labor, business, civil rights groups, and community activists.
Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution