Examines social and historical experiences of the major minority groups to better understand their social, cultural, and economic status, and group relations in the U.S. Contemporary topics will include diversity, assimilation, ethnic identity, prejudice, discrimination, racism, class, gender, immigration, inequality, and poverty. This course provides an opportunity to examine ideas relating to such diverse issues as the relationship between attitudes and behaviors, the complexity of class, power, and conflict, and the interplay between economic and political systems.
- Distinguish between the meaning of race and ethnicity as well as the ideology of racism, the social construction of race and ethnicity, and their roles in multiracial and multiethnic society.
- Analyze majority/minority relations from a sociological perspective as socially constructed concepts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of power and the way dominant group status is created and maintained.
- Analyze the importance of racial and ethnic diversity to contemporary American society.
- Explain how social, cultural, and economic conditions and experiences affect racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S.