Sociology 331

SOCY 331

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SOCY 331. Race and Ethnic Relations
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: SOCY 110 or SOCY/ANTH 121

The effects of discrimination on groups such as Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and gays and lesbians, are examined, as well as the social policy questions relevant to dominant group and minority relations.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

I. Concepts of Ethnicity and Race

A. Terminology
B. Factors in Prejudice and Discrimination

1. Personality
2. Culture
3. Intergroup conflict and competition

C. Types of Intergroup Relations

1. Assimilation (Anglo-conformity)
2. Amalgamation (Melting pot)
3. Cultural pluralism

D. "Ethclass"
E. Minority Images

II. Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Immages
III. Racial Stratification

A. Minority Demographics
B. The Extent of Inequality As Measured By Income and Occupation Distributions
C. Factors in Lack of Mobility

1. Minority characteristics (the Assimilationist Model)
2. Majority attitudes (White Racism)
3. Social Structure (Internal Colonialism, the Class Model, Metropolis/Satellite Model)

IV. Meeting Ethnic Groups

A. African Americans
B. Hispanic Americans
C. People of Appalachia
D. Asian Americans
E. Native Americans

V. African Americans: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Historical and Legal Perspective
VI. Native Americans: White/Native American Relations From the Perspective of Federal Policy


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A lecture/discussion approach is used; emphasis is on the social status of ethnic groups in the United States.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will:

1. be provided an introduction to ethnic diversity in the United States;
2. explore the cultures of the various groups and the ways they have interacted, both historically and today.


Assessment Measures

Graded and checked assignments may include in-class or take-home examinations and quizzes, homework assignments, in-class writing, and in-class discussions. Journals may be required and checked periodically. Formal oral presentations may be required.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

January, 2004 Reviewed Peggy A. Shifflett

March, 2009