Fall 2019  |  SOC 3211W Section 001: Race and Racism in the US (18981)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AAS 3211W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Thu 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (39 of 42 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
We live in a society steeped in racial understandings that are often invisible - some that are hard to see, and others that we work hard not to see. This course will focus on race relations in today's society with a historical overview of the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in order to help explain their present-day social status. This course is designed to help students begin to develop their own informed perspectives on American racial "problems" by introducing them to the ways that sociologists deal with race, ethnicity, race relations and racism. We will expand our understanding of racial and ethnic dynamics by exploring the experiences of specific groups in the U.S. and how race/ethnicity intersects with sources of stratification such as class, nationality, and gender. The course will conclude by re-considering ideas about assimilation, pluralism, and multiculturalism. Throughout, our goal will be to consider race both as a source of identity and social differentiation as well as a system of privilege, power, and inequality affecting everyone in the society albeit in different ways.
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?sara0028+SOC3211W+Fall2019
Class Description:
"Race" has been an important of American history, but we try to talk about a "post-racial" society in the 21st century. This class will cover the origins of race (and racism), before diving into race in American history and the consequences this history has for contemporary race relations. We will discuss what exactly "race" is and isn't, why race and racism are central to American politics and culture, and how "race"
in the post-Civil Rights Era and the 21st century has both declined and grown in significance.
Class Format:
Active participation and discussion are encouraged in this class environment. Students should expect in-class activities.
Students interested in this course can expect to read 10-30 pages of academic work per week; in addition, we will be writing and revising paper work over the course of the semester.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 March 2017

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