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Fall 2017-2018
* SOC 227 / URB 227 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Race and Ethnicity

Patricia Fernández-Kelly

Our goal in this course is (a) to understand various definitions of race and ethnicity from a theoretical perspective and in a plurality of contexts and (b) to account for the rise of ethnicity and race as political and cultural forces in the age of globalization. Why are ethnic and racial delimitations expanding in areas of the world where such distinctions were formerly muted? Is race and racial discrimination all the same regardless of geographical region? What are the main theories and methodologies now available for the study of race and ethnicity from a comparative point of view? These are among the questions our course aims to answer.

Sample reading list:
Steinberg, The Ethnic Myth
Massey, American Apartheid
Flere, "Explaining Ethnic Antagonism in Yugoslavia"
Evangelista, The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union
Twagilimana, Hutu and Tutsi
Jonsson, Mien Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailan

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 80 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 20%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 40%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%

Other Requirements:
Community-Based Learning Component Required

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20392 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   Computer Science Building   104   Enrolled:74 Limit:100
23943 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   Friend Center   202   Enrolled:10 Limit:11 Closed
23944 P01A 11:00 am - 11:50 am T   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:11 Limit:11 Closed
23945 P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Green Hall   0-N-7   Enrolled:10 Limit:12 Closed
23946 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:10 Limit:12 Closed
23947 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
23948 P05 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Wallace Hall   004   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed
23949 P06 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:11 Limit:13 Closed
23967 P07 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   Wallace Hall   290   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
21767 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled