Sociology | Race & Ethnic Relations
S335 | 26736 | James
SECTION OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
SECTION CARRIES CULTURE STUDIES CREDIT
Introduction: This is an intermediate level undergraduate sociology
course designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Race and
ethnicity continue to be important determinants of individuals’ life
chances in the United States. This course will examine current
theories of racial and ethnic stratification that attempt to explain
continuity and change in American Race and Ethnic relations. We will
examine the processes through which individuals form radical and
ethnic identities, how different individuals experience racial and
ethnic identities, and the consequences racial and ethnic identities
have for the life chances of individuals. If you wonder how white
folks experience being white, or members of other groups experience
being members of particular race and ethnic groups in the US, or how
your race and ethnic identity affects the chances of success of
people like you, this is the course for you.
Texts: Significant portions of the following texts are required
reading for this course. They are available from local bookstores
and should be purchased if possible.
Cornell and Hartmann. 1998 Ethnicity and Race.
Massey and Denton 1993 American Apartheid
Other assigned readings will be placed on reserved in the
1. Completion of assigned readings before the class for which
they are assigned.
2. Regular class attendance and participation in discussions.
Classroom discussions will often cover material that is not in the
3. Completion of two in-class exams and the final exam. Exams
will contain a mixture of short answer and essay questions. Each of
the 2 in-class examinations will count 20 percent each toward the
final grade for a total of 40%. The final will count30%.
4. Completion of 3 short, typewritten, double-spaced, 3 page
papers on assigned topics. Each will count 10% of the course grade.