Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 General Catalog 
    
2023-2024 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Add to Pathway (opens a new window)

SOC 200 - Minority Group Relations


Course Department: Social Science
Last Date of Approval: Fall 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course examines majority-minority group relations from a sociological perspective focusing primarily on race and ethnicity, but also on the intersecting identities of religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, and other social categories. Various oppressed minority groups in American society are examined, revealing the historical experiences and contemporary perspectives of these selected minority groups and the cultural and socioeconomic consequences of privilege, oppression, and social inequality on American society. Knowledge of minority groups and their relations with majority groups and an understanding of human interconnectedness within American society are important skills for achieving success in virtually all occupations and professions; thereby contributing directly to a higher quality of life.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
1.  Describe and assess the role of privilege, power, oppression, prejudice, and discrimination, in the dynamics between dominant and subordinate groups in society. 

  1. Describe and assess the role of privilege in the dynamics between dominant and subordinate groups in society.  
  2. Describe and assess the role of power in the dynamics between dominant and subordinate groups in society.  
  3. Describe and assess the role of oppression in the dynamics between dominant and subordinate groups in society.  
  4. Describe and assess the role of prejudice in the dynamics between dominant and subordinate groups in society.  
  5. Describe and assess the role of discrimination in the dynamics between dominant and subordinate groups in society.  

 

2.  Define the term, “minority group,” and describe minority group characteristics and interactions with dominant groups. 

  1. Identify and define the term “minority group” and describe minority group characteristics.
  2. Identify the accomplishments and contributions of various minority groups to the nation and the world. 
  3. Recognize how minority groups have influenced the larger American society.
  4. Evaluate alternative political viewpoints relating to social and economic problems impacting minority groups. 
  5. Formulate and identify potential solutions to problems experienced by minority groups in America.  

 

3.  Trace the sociohistorical background of racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and sexual orientation, minority groups studied in this course. 

  1. Trace the sociohistorical background of racial minority groups studied in this course.
  2. Trace the sociohistorical background of ethnic minority groups studied in this course.
  3. Trace the sociohistorical background of religious minority groups studied in this course.
  4. Trace the sociohistorical background of religious minority groups studied in this course.
  5. Trace the sociohistorical background of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation minority groups studied in this course. 

 

4.  Evaluate the impact that the American experience has had on individuals in minority groups.  

  1. Evaluate the impact that the American experience has had on African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and other racial or ethnic minority groups. 
  2. Evaluate the impact that the American experience has had immigrants and their progeny since the founding of the country.
  3. Evaluate the impact that the American experience has had on Catholic Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, Buddhist Americans, Mormons, Amish, and other religious minority groups. 
  4. Evaluate the impact that the American experience has had on women and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) people. 
  5. Evaluate the impact that the American experience has had on people with disabilities, the elderly, the poor, and other marginalized groups in society.  

 

5.  Describe dominant group/minority group interactions in the United States, and the factors that influence those interactions over time and by circumstances.  

  1. Describe dominant group/minority group interactions in the United States.
  2. Evaluate the factors that influence dominant group/minority group interactions over time and by circumstances.
  3. Identify and describe common dominant group reactions to minority groups.
  4. Identify and describe common minority group responses to dominant groups.
  5. Recognize the conflict between differing values of dominant and subordinate groups.   

 

6.  Explain how minority-based social movements have been involved in the struggle for equality.  

  1. Explain how the African American civil rights movement has been involved in the struggle for equality. 
  2. Explain how the Native American rights movement has been involved in the struggle for equality. 
  3. Explain how the Hispanic/Latino rights movement has been involved in the struggle for equality. 
  4. Explain how the feminist movement has been involved in the struggle for equality. 
  5. Explain how the LGBTQ rights movement has been involved in the struggle for equality.  

 

7.  Apply sociological and social psychological theories to the study of American minority groups and their interactions with dominant groups.  

  1. Apply structural functional theories to an analysis of American minority groups and their interactions with dominant groups. 
  2. Apply social conflict theories to an analysis of American minority groups and their interactions with dominant groups. 
  3. Apply symbolic interactionist theories to an analysis of American minority groups and their interactions with dominant groups. 
  4. Apply feminist theories to an analysis of American minority groups and their interactions with dominant groups. 
  5. Apply social psychological theories to an analysis of American minority groups and their interactions with dominant groups.  



Add to Pathway (opens a new window)