SOCI 122: Race and Ethnic Relations

This course is designed to introduce you to the topic of race and ethnic relations from a sociological perspective. The first part of the course is devoted to becoming aware and conscious of the place and importance of race and ethnicity in our culture. The second part addresses brief histories of the relationships between and among different racial and ethnic groups in the United States, and, more importantly, the conditions under which those relationships originated and developed. The third part addresses institutional discrimination by discussing different aspects of how racial and ethnic relationships develop (or not) within the context of social institutions such as the family, education, the economy, the government, and even the media and entertainment.

Required Texts:

  • Alexander, The New Jim Crow, Paperback Edition, 2012. ISBN 978-1595586438
  • Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Reprint Edition, 2009. ISBN 978-0316013697
  • Davis, Jenkins, and Hunt, The Pact, 2003. ISBN 978-1573229890
  • Farley, Minority/Majority Relations, 6th Edition, 2005. ISBN 978-0205006571
  • Griffin, Black Like Me, 1996. ISBN 978-0451192035
  • Houston, Farewell to Manzanar, 1983. ISBN 978-0553262162
  • Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican, 1994. ISBN 978-0679756767
  • Wise, White Like Me, 3rd edition, 2011. ISBN 978-1593764258

View a sample course syllabus.

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