Fall 2014  |  SOC 4461 Section 001: Sociology of Ethnic and Racial Conflict (34389)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/02/2014 - 12/10/2014
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 135
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Effects of ethnic migration and of social movements. Construction of ethnic/national identities. Questions of citizenship. Rise of transnational movements, how they help shape racial/ethnic conflicts.
Class Description:
We will examine conceptual and theoretical approaches to the sociological study of race and ethnicity, looking at race and ethnicity as distinctive but overlapping social constructions of collective identity that underpin patterns of social conflict and systems of power and privilege. We will also explore the difference between race and ethnicity, the construction, maintenance, and transformation of ethnic and racial identities, the sources of racial and ethnic conflicts, including genocides, white privilege and race blindness, and the nature of racist ideology. Using a comparative and historical approach, we will analyze the impact of macro-historical forces, including colonialism, slavery, globalization, democratization, nation-state formation, and transnational immigration, on ethnic and racial dynamics and conflicts. These issues will be addressed via the study of cases of ethnic and racial conflict from around the globe, including North America, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe.
30% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
20% Reports/Papers
10% Quizzes
10% Attendance
Class Format:
35% Lecture
10% Film/Video
50% Discussion
5% Guest Speakers
65-75 Pages Reading Per Week
6 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
3 Paper(s)
3 Quiz(zes)
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/aminzade_SOC4461_Fall2017.doc (Fall 2017)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 April 2014

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2014 Sociology Classes Taught by Ron Aminzade

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