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Course Descriptions

SOC 201 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

3 Credits

This course engages students in an academic and personal exploration of the experience, performance, and implications of race and ethnicity in the United States. Incorporating a sociological lens, this course begins with the assumption that race and ethnicity are constructed phenomena that reflect social, political, economic, and cultural forces. In this class, we will examine structural origins of racial inequality in the U.S. We will apply an intersectional lens to explore systemic inequalities created by the co-constructions of race, class, gender and their impact on a personal and institutional level. We explore the ways in which racial social justice movements have transformed our culture over time as well as examining the ways in which we can instigate social change in the future

Learning Attributes: WR

New SUNY General Education: SUNY - Diversity: Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, SUNY - Social Sciences

Retiring 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 2024
Summer Session 2024