SOCI140 Peoples of America

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology

I. Course Number and Title
SOCI140 Peoples of America
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course explores systems of oppression and liberation related to racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, gender outlaws, sexual minorities, and other marginalized groups in U.S. society. Attention is on past and present status of these groups as it relates to an understanding of intergroup dynamics in today's society.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the historical, cultural and economic forces that influence diverse groups in the United States;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the social, political and economic problems which result from, and cause, intergroup conflict;
    3. apply sociological theory to intergroup conflict, struggle, cooperation, and change;
    4. explore the concepts of oppression and liberation in racial, ethnic, immigrant, religious, sexual, and other marginalized communities [Diversity];
    5. identify how oppressive historical events and laws set the framework for modern relations in the U.S; and
    6. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of individuals and groups in facilitating social change and social movements.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    • Social construction of difference: race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and other identities
    • Understanding oppression and privilege
    • Racial, ethnic, and immigrant identity formation
    • Prejudice and discrimination
    • Economic exploitation
    • U.S. law as a tool of oppression
    • Maintaining hierarchies and reproducing inequalities
    • Social change
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course learning goals are assessed with in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; New Core 8/2015