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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 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 ANTH 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:

Race, Class & Gender: An Anthology
By Andersen & Hill (Wadsworth)
Race, Class & Gender in the United States
By Rothenberg, Paula S. (Worth)
Diversity and Society
By Healey, Joseph (Sage)
Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality
By Ferguson, Susan (Sage)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe and explain the origin of minority group status and the significance contact situations.
  2. Evaluate the major forms of minority/majority relations including discrimination, segregation, assimilation, pluralism, and separatism.
  3. Describe the current majority/minority relations in the US, along racial/ethnic lines, as well as gender and sexuality
  4. Describe and explain institutional discrimination in all major society institutions.
  5. 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
  • Economic inequality
  • Power inequality
  • The intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality
  • Minority rights social movements
  • Social change
Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: March 20, 2015
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.

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