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Sociology of Minority Groups

Course NumberSOC 215W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: SOC 211 with a “C” or better. READING LEVEL 3 AND WRITING LEVEL 3, or permission of instructor. Studies prejudice and discrimination against minority groups, primarily in the United States, using the sociological approach. Emphasizes the analysis of both causes and solutions to the problems of prejudice and discrimination. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of "race" as a socially constructed reality.
  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of what is problematic with biological definitions of "race".
  2. Distinguish between definitions of racial minority groups and ethnic minority groups.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role the concept of "race" has played in the historical development of dominant-minority group relations in the United States.

Apply the various theoretical models utilized by sociologists to analyze dominant-minority group relations.
  1. Apply various sociological theories of stratification to the development of minority group status, including emerging concepts of race, class and gender.
  2. Compare various sociological models of assimilation and pluralism.
  3. Define and analyze the relationship among key concepts in the sociology of minority groups, such as prejudice, individual discrimination, ideological racism, and institutional discrimination.

Apply theoretical models to selected historical case studies of dominant-minority group relations.
  1. Compare and contrast the historical development of minority identity in the United States.
  2. Analyze the institutional, cultural, and economic changes in dominant-minority group relations as America has changed from an agricultural to industrial to an advanced industrial society.
  3. Compare and contrast dominant-minority group relations in the United States today with those that existed in the past both in this country and other societies such as Nazi Germany, South Africa, and Ireland among others.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.
  1. Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.

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