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2023-2024 College Catalog 
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SOC 201 - Race, Ethnicity, Minority Groups and Social Justice [SUN# SOC 2215]

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Social processes involved in the construction of difference. Includes race, ethnicity, minority groups, nationality, and social justice. Also includes the analysis of social, political, cultural, religious, economic and historical formations with special reference to current global trends, social conflict, and change.

Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SBS and C, G; Meets CTE - SBS and C, G.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the social construction of difference.
  2. Describe social justice and the causes of social, cultural, economic, political, and international inequality.
  3. Identify and describe diverse ethnic and minority groups and locate their historical trajectories in the US.
  4. Describe the patterns of dominance, exploitation, and ethnic and minority relations.
  5. Apply different sociological perspectives to explain the exploitation of minority, racial, and ethnic groups, nationally and globally.
  6. Discuss resistance and social change in national and global movements.  

  1. Social Construction of Difference
    1. Race, ethnicity, and class
      1. Minority/majority group dynamics
      2. Social class
    2. Types of subordinate groups
      1. Nationality and immigration status
      2. Gender
      3. Sexuality
      4. Age
      5. Physical and learning challenges
  2. Social Justice and Democracy
    1. Social justice and inequality in the United States and elsewhere
      1. Theories of class stratification, class differentiation, and discrimination
      2. Gender inequality: sexism, subordination, and exploitation
      3. Sexual inequality: heterosexism, subordination, and exploitation
    2. Comparative approach to social justice:  culture and globalization
      1. Social justice and world inequities
      2. Capitalism and globalization
      3. Diasporas, displacements, and immigration
    3. Social differentiation and social stratification  
      1. Class, caste, and estate
      2. Ethnic-stratification:  power and inequality
      3. Post-colonialism and international development
      4. National and international social movements
  3. Whiteness as an Ideology of Power:  Ethnic and Minority Group Relations in the United States
    1. Establishment of whiteness as cultural, social, economic, and political domination
      1. Annexation
      2. Occupation and expansion
      3. Colonization and imperialism
    2. Groups and their histories 
      1. Race, ethnicity, and nationality
      2. Sexuality and gender
      3. Culture, age, physical and learning challenges
    3. Major racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States
      1. Native Americans
      2. African Americans
      3. Latinos
        1. Mexican Americans
        2. Cuban Americans
        3. Puerto Ricans
      4. Asian Americans
      5. Jewish Americans
    4. Women in U.S. society
      1. Social contributions and gender inequalities
      2. Political contributions and gender inequalities
      3. Economic contributions and gender inequalities
      4. Feminist movements and international women’s movements
    5. Sexuality, age, and physical and learning challenges
      1. Sexuality
      2. Sexual identities
      3. Political empowerment of the LGBT communities
      4. Building international solidarity
      5. Age
      6. Localization of children in society
      7. Localization of older people in society
      8. Comparative global approach
    6. Physical and learning challenges
      1. Physical challenges
      2. Learning challenges
      3. Social and economic empowerment
  4. Techniques of Dominance, Exploitation, and Ethnic and Minority Relations
    1. Prejudice
      1. Stereotypes
      2. Social distance
      3. Sexism
      4. Homophobia and heterosexism
    2. Racism and discrimination
      1. Race matters
      2. Discrimination
      3. Cultural diversity
      4. Multi-ethnic relations and international inequality
  5. Ethnic, national, gender, and sexual relations in comparative perspective
    1. Ethnic inequality in comparative perspective
      1. National issues of conflict and change
      2. Global issues of ethnic conflict and change
    2. Cultural and religious inequality in comparative perspective
    3. Minority groups and inequality in comparative perspective
      1. Gender
      2. Sexuality
      3. Age
      4. Physical and learning challenges
  6. Social Justice and the Future of Inequality Systems
    1. Resistance and social movements
    2. National social movements
    3. Global social movement

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2019/20