SOC 215 - Experiences in Diversity

Course Description

This course critically examines systems of stratification within the United States. Topics include: race and racism, ethnicity, sex and gender and sexual orientation. Study is concentrated on understanding the legal and policy based frameworks which created and perpetuate group-based inequality for various people in the U.S. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: Depict the etiology of racist, homophobic, ethnocentric, and sexist ideologies. Demonstrate critical thinking on issues of race and racism, ethnicity, sex and gender, and sexual orientation. Describe the impact of minority and majority status as it pertains to economic, psychological and social experience. List contradictions between the idea that we all have certain inalienable rights and the reality that certain groups in our society continue to be denied many of those rights. List contributions of those outside of the "mainstream" and understand how those marginalized "others" started social movements which challenged the U.S. to become more democratic, and inclusive. Describe the systematic ways that inequality due to race, socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, and sexual orientation are perpetuated and possibly erradicated by society's social institutions.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: PSY 140 or SOC 110