SOC 142 - Race and Ethnic Relations
Description: Contemporary racial and ethnic intergroup relations emphasizing cultural origins, developments, and problems of minority groups in the United States.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.
- Culture, ethnicity and class:
a. Characteristics of a minority group
b. Sociology and study of minority groups
c. Subordinate group status
2. Prejudice and discrimination:
c. Black self-hatred: myth or reality
d. Institutional discrimination
e. Affirmative action
3. Ethnic and religious source of conflict:
a. Immigration and the United States
b. Ethnic diversity
c. Religious pluralism
d. Social class
4. Racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States:
a. Native Americans
b. Black Americans
c. Hispanic Americans
5. Other patterns of dominance:
a. Gender roles and gender identity
b. Women: the oppressed majority
c. Multiple jeopardy: Minority women and aging
6. Beyond the United States:
a. Comparative cultures
b. Contemporary trends
- Compare how the ideologies of assimilation, cultural pluralism and conflict theory have influenced the experiences of ethical and culturally diverse populations.
- Capture the development of a subordinate group status relationship and the consequences of minority group status.
- Evaluate the structural, economic and personality effects of prejudice and discrimination and how these factors perpetuate social inequalities among racial/minority groups.
- Illustrate the concepts of institutional discrimination and its impact on minority groups.
- Synthesize the social issues and problems that perpetuate ethnic and religious conflict.
- Explain the concept of religious pluralism.
- Identify cultural elements that are unique to racial/ethnic minority groups.
- Review the histories of each of the minority groups in the United States.
- Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.