Sociology of Racism in America

AAAS 246

Examines social history of major racial groups in the US and relationships to contemporary standing. Discusses central concepts sociologists use to analyze racial matters. Central theme: 'racism' is not mere 'prejudice,' 'ignorance,' or 'intolerance,' but a comprehensive historical system of racial domination organized around the logic of white supremacy. Discussion of 'whiteness' in the USA—how whiteness emerged as a social category, an identity based on experiences of variety of European 'peoples;' how it dominated the racial structure of the US since the 17th century, how wealth has been distributed along racial lines, racialization of Asians and Latinos, and color blind racism.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • R
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • LSGS 316
  • RIGHTS 215
  • SOCIOL 215
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring