Survey of historical and contemporary minority-majority relations among various racial, ethnic and gender groups. Focus on the social construction of race and ethnicity. Cross-listed as SOCI 270. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Fall and Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Race, Class & Gender: An Anthology
By Andersen & Hill (Wadsworth) Recommended
Race, Class & Gender in the United States
By Rothenberg, Paula S. (Worth) Recommended
Diversity and Society
By Healey, Joseph (Sage) Recommended
Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality
By Ferguson, Susan (Sage) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Describe and explain the origin of minority group status and the significance contact situations.
Evaluate the major forms of minority/majority relations including discrimination, segregation, assimilation, pluralism, and separatism.
Describe the current majority/minority relations in the US, along racial/ethnic lines, as well as gender and sexuality
Describe and explain institutional discrimination in all major society institutions.
Explain changing demographics in the United Sates and the effect that will have on all aspects of society (the demographic breakdown of our classrooms, neighborhoods, workplaces)
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Theoretical perspective on majority/minority relations
Prejudice: theories of its origins, efforts to reduce prejudice
Individual and Institutional discrimination: educational, political, and economic spheres
Race as a social construct
Gender as a social construct
The intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality
Minority rights social movements
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.