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Course Descriptions

SOC 201 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

3 Credits

This course explores the relationships between majority and minority populations in the United States. We will begin to understand the concepts of race and ethnicity not as static, but as changing phenomena. What is the nature of American identity? What are the social structural causes of inequality? This course will provide a sociological perspective centered on questions of race, identity and inter-group relations. We will explore such topics as the nature of prejudice and racism, policies affecting minorities, the social construction of race and immigration to the United States.

Prerequisite: SOC 101

Learning Attributes: WR

SUNY General Education: SUNY-SS - Social Sciences (SSCS)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the social construction of race.
2. Identify and describe the social structural causes of inequality.
3. Examine the relative status of various racial and ethnic groups.
4. Compare and contrast attitudinal and institutional discrimination.
5. Critique how meritocratic ideology justifies racial inequality in the U.S.
6. Utilize writing to communicate an understanding, application, analysis or evaluation of material covered in this course.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2022
Summer Session 2022