Fall 2021  |  AAS 3251W Section 001: Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (21662)

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:
SOC 3251W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/07/2021 - 12/15/2021
Tue 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hanson Hall 1-104
Enrollment Status:
Open (17 of 18 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In the midst of social unrest, it is important for us to understand social inequality. In this course we will analyze the impact of three major forms of inequality in the United States: race, class, and gender. Through taking an intersectional approach at these topics, we will examine the ways these social forces work institutionally, conceptually, and in terms of our everyday realities. We will focus on these inequalities as intertwined and deeply embedded in the history of the country. Along with race, class, and gender we will focus on other axes of inequality including sexuality, citizenship, and dis/ability. We will analyze the meanings and values attached to these social categories, and the ways in which these social constructions help rationalize, justify, and reproduce social inequality.
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Who Should Take This Class?:
All students who have an interest in grappling with the deep sources/consequences of social inequality, especially if they have already become interested in the sociological discipline, are welcome.

Learning Objectives:
Students will gain an entry-level understanding of essential works in sociology which explain the cultural nature and operation of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States.

In service of the above objective, students will learn strategies for how to digest and comprehend academic texts and their theoretical content.

Students will gain experience in working with other students and the instructor in a seminar (rather than purely lecture) format to review and apply course texts.

Students will develop the ability to translate sociological texts and theory into their surrounding social contexts, using it to analyze a social problem of their choosing in a course paper.

Students will learn how to develop and revise a medium length
(10-12 page) paper, and, consequently, a sociologically-informed argument, throughout multiple drafts and across several weeks.

Students should expect to dedicate two to three hours a week to course readings in addition to several additional hours during weeks before major assignments and quizzes.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 April 2019

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