SOC 214 - Introduction To Race And Ethnic Relations
- Prerequisite: Placement in ENG 100 with ENG 100S or ESL 23
This course will acquaint students with the problems and dynamics of race and ethnic relations in comparative local, national, and world perspectives. Theory and research related to the social, economic, and political problems of ethnic and racial groups, and their existence and accommodation within societies will be reviewed and analyzed.
3 hrs. lect. per week
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of SOC 214, the student will be able to:
- Students will gain an understanding of the concepts of race and ethnicity, and the physiological and cultural connotations of the terms.
- Students will learn to discern between normative and empirical analysis.
- Students will gain an understanding of the dynamic theories of racial and ethnic group interaction of Michael Banton, Robert Blauner, E.S. Bogardus, Pierre van den Berghe, Milton Gordon, Nathan Glazer, Karl Marx, Phillip Mason, and Robert E. Park.
- Students will develop the ability to identify the consequences of prejudice, discrimination, and social stratification.
- Students will gain an understanding of the concept of racism and its cultural, economic, psychological, and political causes.
- Students will develop the ability to integrate the previously-mentioned concepts in the analysis of comparative racial/ethnic interactions from worldwide situations; multi-ethnic Hawaii, mainland majority-minority relations, English-Irish problems, Fijian-Indian relations, Overseas Asia Chinese- host nation relations, South African-Black African relations, and Arab-Jewish conflict.
- Students will develop a progressive understanding of the concepts mentioned, and incorporate them into an intellectual framework which allows them to function with a sensitivity and empathy for the problems of minorities in a multiracial, multiethnic world.
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