Race Relations

The course introduces different sociological approaches to race relations from historical, critical race theory to social constructionist. Students will focus on the emergence of the idea of race and ethnicity, and trace the ways in which these concepts have changed over time. The course examines the influence of science, nationalism, politics, and economics on the definition of both. Finally, students will consider the implications of race by exploring the ways in which race has been used to justify the institution of slavery, apartheid, and incarceration.