Jun 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SO 320 - Race and Ethnic Relations

Explores patterns of inter-group relationships between various religious and ethnic groups that comprise American society. Processes of racial and cultural contact between peoples, especially in regard to the origin and development of American minority groups are explored. Focus is on integration, segregation, and cultural pluralism. Social theories of racial and ethnic aggression and minority responses to oppression are also examined.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Recognize the sociological perspective, or the interplay of the individual and society and how individuals are shaped by the cultural context of the societies in which they live. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of majority/minority group relations, and how these relationships have come to be. 
  • Identify the various forms of prejudice and discrimination, and theories that seek to explain them. 
  • Examine the development of racial categories throughout the history of the United States. 
  • Examine the relationship between and among related factors such as immigration and religion in connection to race and ethnicity. 
  • Analyze and examine how the relationships among cultural, economic, political, social, and historical events shape various ethnic- and racial-group experiences in the United States. 
  • Evaluate how race relations around the world are similar to and different from the U.S. experience.

Credits: 3

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