Metropolitan State University

SOC 305 : Race and Ethnicity: Sociological Perspectives

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: WRIT 131 Writing I or equivalent, or have instructor's permission.  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci , Goal 07 - Human Diversity
This course uses comparative methods to explore the sociological significance of race and ethnicity in the United States. Theories of ethnic stratification are assessed, and students evaluate the causes and consequences of prejudice, discrimination and institutional subordination. Through the social history of a variety of ethnic groups, students examine patterns of migration and settlement, community and family life, gender and class, and cultural values and norms.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/01/1998 - 09/05/1999 09/06/1999 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Ability to apply concepts and perspectives to personal experiences and observations of social life at an upper division college level.
  2. Development of critical thinking skills needed to analyze and interpret the impact of race and ethnicity during various historical periods, and as a lived experience.
  3. Knowledge of the sociological concepts and historical perspectives pertaining to the study of race and ethnicity at an upper division college level.
  4. Understanding of the ways that the social construction of race and ethnicity has shaped American society and the opportunities available in that society.
  5. Writes analytical papers that are informed, well reasoned, and literate at an upper division college level.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  3. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  4. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
Goal 07 - Human Diversity
  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  2. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  3. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  4. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
G. Special Information
Community Engagement