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Andrew S. Cho
T SOC 265
Tacoma Campus

Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Introduces issues of race and ethnicity in the United States, particularly the social construction of race, and its effects on policies throughout history. Examines social movements (from the mid-1800s - present) and explores how ideas of racial justice and equality are articulated in relation to economic, political, and cultural contexts.

Class description

This course is designed to build upon and expand students' understanding of race and ethnic relations in American contemporary society. There will be particular focuses on how immigrant groups adapt to a new country, manifestations of racism and discrimination, as well as the economic and social progress of different racial and ethnic groups. The course also explores how to alter patterns of racial and ethnic inequality through social movements and social policy.

This course has been designed to be both informative and interesting; you will frequently be asked to apply the concepts that you learn in the texts to real-life situations and current events.

Student learning goals

1. Analyze how race and ethnic relations operate within the framework of American society

2. Critically examine how differences in ascribed statuses lead to an inequitable distribution of political power and social capital

3. Increase personal awareness of the inequities in our society and the consequences that differences in race and ethnicity have for various communities and individuals within our society

2. Critically examine how differences in ascribed statuses lead to an inequitable distribution of political power and social capital 3. Increase personal awareness of the inequities in our society and the consequences that differences in race and ethnicity have for various communities and individuals within our society 4. Develop a critical awareness of race and ethnic relations and understand how issues regarding race, ethnicity, social class, and gender often intersect with each other

5. Demonstrate the ability to understand and tolerate different viewpoints and behaviors

General method of instruction

I understand that each student learns and operates more or less effectively depending on the individual’s learning style. Some are oral learners, some are visual, and some are kinesthetic/tactile and learn from hands-on activities. Some work better alone while others work best in groups. I want to provide opportunities for you to work in all of these modes so that you can operate from your strengths and also stretch yourself to operate outside your comfort zones.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrew S. Cho
Date: 07/08/2012