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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: ANTH 270
Course Title: *Minority Cultures and Relations
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of the following:

American Ethnicity: The Dynamics and Consequences of Discrimination
By Aguirre, Adalberto Jr. and (Mayfield)
Majority-Minority Relations
By Farley, John E. (Prentice Hall)
The Perennial Struggle: Race, Ethnicity and Minority
By LeMay, Michael (Prentice Hall)
Race and Ethnicity in the United States
By Luhman, Reid (Wadsworth)
Race and Ethnic Relations – American and Global Perspectives
By Marger, Martin (Wadsworth)
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction
By Delgado, Richard and Jean Stefancic (New York University Press)
Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations
By Feagin, Joe (Routledge)
When Race Breaks Out: Conversations about Race in College Classrooms
By Fox, Helen (Peter Lang)
Rethinking the Color Line: Readings in Race and Ethnicity
By Gallagher, Charles A. (Mayfield)
Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality: Constructing Boundaries
By Nagel, Joane (Oxford University Press)
The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
By Ore, Trace E. (Mayfield)
Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America
By Rockquemore, Kerry Ann (Sage Publications, Inc.)
Dismantling White Privilege: Pedagogy, Politics, and Whiteness
By Rodriguez, Nelson M. and (Peter Lang)
Racial Legacies: The Reproduction of Inequality
By Shapiro, Thomas (Oxford University Press)
Course Objectives

  • To understand majority/minority relations from a sociological perspective and to understand race and ethnicity as social constructed concepts. 
  • To interrogate our own role in race relations, as oppressor or oppressed, and to generate an understanding of white privilege.
  • To understand the role of power and the way dominant group status is created and maintained.
  • To apply this sociological understanding of majority/minority relations to arenas beyond race and ethnicity: gender, sexuality, disability.
  • To generate an understanding of majority/minority group relations across the globe, historically and currently.

    Measurable Learning

    Differentiate between race and ethnicity; sexuality and gender; minority and majority groups. Be able to generate a sociological understanding of these concepts - which includes the idea that these are socially constructed notions.

  • Describe the origin of minority group status, the significance of the origins of interracial and interethnic contact.
  • Evaluate the major forms of minority/majority relations including discrimination, segregation, assimilation, pluralism, and separatism.
  • Interrogate the concept of whiteness and white privilege.
  • Describe the current majority/minority relations in the US, along racial/ethnic lines, as well as gender and sexuality, with a primary emphasis on the role of power in constructing and maintaining such dominant/subordinate relations.
  • Demonstrate self-reflexivity and be able to critically interrogate one’s own feelings concerning these issues. Get in touch with the racism (or sexism, or homophobia) inside ourselves.
  • Describe institutional discrimination in all major society institutions: political and legal, economic, and educational.
  • 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).

    Topical Outline:

     Definitions, terminology

  • Begin self-reflexive project, challenge students to get in touch with the racism inside themselves through readings, written work, etc.
  • Theoretical perspective on majority/minority relations
  • Prejudice: theories of its origins, efforts to reduce prejudice
  • Global perspectives on majority/minority relations
  • Institutional discrimination: educational, political, and economic spheres
  • The intersection of race, class, gender, and/or sexuality
  • Women as an oppressed minority
  • Sexuality as an axis of discrimination


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: January 18, 2013
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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.

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