SOC 650. Race, Ethnicity & Gender

Causes, processes, theoretical explanations of racism, sexism, discrimination. Possible solutions. Inter group relations from global perspective.

This course is designed to provide you with 1) a firm understanding of the development and trajectory of thinking about race and ethnicity in Sociology as a discipline, and to acquaint you with some of the finest thinking about race and 2) a grasp of the racialization process and outcomes in the United States and around the world. In general, this course is US focused; however, we will be looking and thinking about race at a global level because race is constructed at a global level, lived at this level, played out at this level. . This course is designed to not only give you a firm understanding of the theories that guide most research conducted about race/racialization processes today, but to help you think through how you can make sense of this in your own work here and in the future.


Frederickson, George M. 2002. Racism: A Short History. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Roediger, David R. 2005. Working Towards Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White, The Strange Journey From Ellis Island to the Suburbs. New York: Basic Book.
Smith, Andrea. 2005. Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide.  Boston: South End Press.
Telles, Edward E. 2004. Race in Another America: The Significance of Skin Color in Brazil. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Winant, Howard. 2001. The World is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy Since World War II.  New York: Basic Books.