Fall 2017  |  SOC 4461 Section 001: Sociology of Ethnic and Racial Conflict (17976)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/05/2017 - 12/13/2017
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
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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. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?aminzade+SOC4461+Fall2017
Class Description:

We will examine conceptual and theoretical approaches to the sociological study of ethnic and racial conflict around the globe, looking at ethnicity and race 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 various ways in which racial, ethnic, and national identities are constructed in different countries, individual versus group approaches to the study of prejudice and discrimination, and the racialization of ethnic and religious groups. In analyzing the sources of ethnic and racial conflicts in different nation-states, we will examine the role played by racism, ethnocentrism, and xenophobia, situating particular cases of conflict in North America, Africa, Latin America, and Asia in the contexts of colonialism, slavery, globalization, democratization, nation-state formation, and transnational migration. Using a comparative and historical approach, we will also examine the racialization of ethnic and religious groups, how different countries formulate immigration policies and address issues of immigrant incorporation, exclusion, and citizenship, and the conditions under which conflicts turn violent, leading to ethnic cleansing and genocide. Finally, we will analyze different approaches to reducing ethnic and racial conflicts, from affirmative action and reparations to cosmopolitanism, federalism, and global governance.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with some background in Sociology, especially those who have taken other courses concerning race and ethnicity.
Learning Objectives:
The course aims to get you to think critically about issues of racial and ethnic conflict in different parts of the globe and to situate these conflicts within broader historical processes, such as colonialism, capitalist development, and nation-state formation,


Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
20 May 2017

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2017 Sociology Classes Taught by Ron Aminzade

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