Race and Ethnicity


What is 'race' exactly? Defining the concept presents a real challenge. This class explores what race and ethnicity mean, beginning with historical ideas about human difference. Comparing American beliefs and practices to those found in other societies, we will pay special attention to the particular notions and hierarchies of race that emerge in different times and places. The course also investigates the roles that institutions like the media, the arts, the state, and the sciences play in shaping our understandings of race and ethnicity. We will conclude by considering the predictions that scholars have made about the future of racial stratification in the United States.

Course Information

SOC-UA 135


4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2017

Jose Soto
F: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM GCASL 269
Jose Soto
F: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 25W4 C-20
Deirdre Royster
MW: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM 19W4 102

Spring 2018

Shatima Jones
MW: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM GCASL 369