Sociology | Race and Ethnic Relations
S335 | 16486 | Stewart

S335  Race and Ethnic Relations
For years we have understood that race is exceedingly complex matter
and that preconceived biases much more than biology govern the way
people think about race.  In this course, we will discuss both the
biological myth and social reality of race.   During this course you
will learn the origins of the concept race, the historical science
and statistics used to justify racial thinking, and review several
empirical works on race in Sociology.  The first portion of the
course is aimed at disentangling the social construction of race.
In the first portion, we will discuss the reality of race prior to
the 16th century, the early science that validated race and the
associated social hierarchy, the eugenics movement, and the current
scientific perspective on the relationship between race and
intelligence.  In the second portion of the course, we will review a
number of theoretical and empirical readings on the Sociology of
race.  This review will begin with two popular theoretical pieces
concerning the study of racial privilege and the maintenance of
racial hierarchy in society, and then proceed to other modern
research on racial and ethnic inequality.  The end product of the
course is an in-depth understanding of the origins of race, the
structure of racial hierarchy in the United States, and a
fundamental understanding of many sociological theories of race and
racial stratification in America.