Dec 05, 2023
SOC 235 Race and Ethnicity (5 credits)
Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
A sociological exploration of race and ethnicity in contemporary society. Course may include, but is not limited to, a survey of theories, problems, nature, and the dynamics of racism - power and inequality; prejudice and discrimination; racial and ethnic identity; stratification; segregation; and patterns of racial/ethnic relations. Topics are examined conceptually and historically, using data from scientific, philosophical, sociopolitical, legal and cultural sources.
Students will be able to:
1. Identify and use key concepts, sociological perspectives, and theories to explore race and ethnicity.
2. Distinguish race, ethnicity, and nationality.
3. Discuss the social construction of race.
4. Identify, recognize, and discuss how culture helps shape racial and ethnic identity.
5. Recognize the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in American society, highlighting the concepts of both privilege and stratification.
6. Use sociological perspectives to evaluate how race matters both at the micro and macro levels.
7. Identify and describe examples of institutionalized racism and discrimination.
8. Identify how developments in social institutions (e.g. economy, criminal justice system, education, etc.) contribute to and challenge contemporary majority-minority relations.
9. Identify racial formation and racialization as sociological processes.
10. Identify racism as a structural and institutional practice.
11. Recognize, characterize, and identify historical, multicultural, and/or global influences on the experience of race and ethnicity.
12. Explore and discuss the possible unanticipated, implicit, and subtle consequences of proposed solutions to issues of race and ethnic relations.
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