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Minority Relations

This course examines the various systems, structures and processes that surround minority – majority relations in contemporary society.  The course draws on theory, research and historical commentary to examine these relations and place them in context.  The course will include an in-depth analysis of a number of groups with minority status.  Emphasis will be placed on the patterns of interactions among ethnic, racial and other groups in American society.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major sociological perspectives on race and ethnicity.
  • Understand key terms in minority-majority relations such as race, ethnicity, minority group and dominant group.
  • Identify origins and practices of ethnic stratification, responses to subordination and the relationships between social class and ethnicity.
  • Analyze the unique American experiences of specific groups, such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, European Americans and Arab Americans.
  • Identify and describe prejudicial and discriminatory practices past and present in society, and apply alternative theories that explain them.
  • Compare and contrast their own cultural heritage with other groups and appreciate uniqueness in self and others.
  • Articulate strengths and weaknesses of different types of approaches to improving interethnic relations.
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