• Program: Sociology
  • Course: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Course #: SOCI2200
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history and theories of race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States. Students will explore the social construction of race as a concept, the processes by which social institutions create and reproduce racial inequalities, and the role of social movements in bringing about social change. Students will learn to analyze current race relations from multiple perspectives.

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Trace the social construction of race and ethnicity through history
Describe the complexities of racial and ethnic identity
Explain the importance of historical events and processes for current racial and ethnic relations
Identify patterns of inequality between racial and ethnic groups
Explain how systemic racism in social institutions creates and reproduces racial and ethnic inequality
Differentiate between individual prejudice, systemic racism and racist cultural ideologies
Describe the impact of cultural, social, political, and economic change on racial and ethnic relations
Analyze the role of racial and ethnic-based social movements in social change
Demonstrate effective communication about race and ethnicity skills in diverse groups

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 3
  • MnTC Goal: 5 & 7
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer skills recommended
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park/Eden Prairie

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