SOCI2200 Racial and Ethnic Relations

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.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 or ENGL1026. Basic computer skills recommended

Course Requirements and 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.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes 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

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



MnTC Goal Areas:

5 & 7