SOC 213 - Race and Ethnicity
This course explores a comparative history of racial dynamics with particular emphases on the way in which race, ethnicity, and class, inform these histories. A comparative sociological approach will be used in order to explore the process of racial information. Throughout the course we will recuperate the histories of racialized groups and expose sites of oppression, struggle, and resistance.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Review the history, origins, causes, and consequences of racial assignments and ascription in the United States.
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Explore how the development of racial categories and how they operate in the United States and globally.
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. The course emphasizes the relationship between the individuals and social institutions. Applying the sociological imagination students will explore racial categories are socially constructed and maintained.
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry. The course provides an overview of the history and development of sociological theories and research to explain race and stratification. Emphasis is placed on sociological theory and methods as they inform our understanding of race and ethnicity.
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Students will assess, synthesize, and comment on quantitative and qualitative research. Students will be asked to identify and explain foundational concepts and theories to evaluate the contribution the work makes to the field of study.
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively. Sociology is inherently a comparative discipline that examines the human condition from individual and structural levels. Students will assess and apply theories or racial stratification and identification.
7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues. Expand your ability to think critically about contemporary issues and controversies regarding race and ethnicity.
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