Fall 2022  |  SOC 3211W Section 001: Race and Racism in the US (19501)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Meets With:
AAS 3211W Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Tue 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (34 of 35 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/?joh07820+SOC3211W+Fall2022
Class Description:
In mainstream American culture, race and racism both have a taken-for-granted nature. Race is a "natural" category a person belongs to as bestowed by their parents. Racism is deliberate bigotry or discrimination against certain racial groups actors perpetuate due to ignorance, selfishness, or other moral depravities.

Sociologists, however, conceptualize both race and racism differently. They understand race and racism to be social processes, things that must continually be "accomplished" and enforced by social agents who often are neither especially ignorant nor popularly considered to be morally compromised. How race and racism are "accomplished," and how such processes are embedded deeply into even the mundane features of American life, will be the goal of this class.

Who Should Take This Class?:

Any students able to register for the class with an interest in understanding how race and racism function sociologically are welcome in the class

Learning Objectives:

Students will work on the following skills:

1.) Learn how to read and analyze academic texts

2.) Learn how to collaborate and learn in non-lecture educational settings

3.) Learn how to take ownership of scholarly ideas and apply them to personal contexts of interest

4.) Learn how to develop and refine an original topic of the student's choosing in an academic paper.

Students' grades will be based on a mixture of short answer/essay-based quizzes, participation and attendance in class sessions, and a series of assignments concerning the planning, drafting, and submission of a final term paper.
Exam Format:
There will be 2-3 quizzes in the course, each taken with some access to notes. The final exam will be a term paper.
Class Format:

Class will be a mix of lecture and class discussion, with at least 50 percent of class time featuring class discussion.


Students should expect to dedicate 3-4 hours a week outside of class time doing academic readings and preparing class assignments.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 August 2022

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