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SOCI306 - Race and Ethnicity

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI306 Course ID: 4329 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a critical analysis of the structure of racism, stratification, hate violence, youth violence, poverty and human rights, stereotyping and ethnocentrism in the contemporary United States. Students examine the outstanding problems facing society and strategies for change, including an exploration of the ethics of intervention.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:

  • CO1: Explain how race and ethnicity are socially and politically constructed concepts
  • CO2: Compare and contrast concepts of assimilation, prejudice, racism and discrimination as meaningful ways of understanding and studying race & ethnic relations
  • CO3: Apply theoretically-informed, comparative and historical analyses of group dynamics and social structure to the study of race & ethnic relations
  • CO4: Discuss the institutions through which racial boundaries and hierarchies are produced and reproduced in the United States


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:
Extra credit is not offered in this course.

Note that in this course, we use open educational resources. This means that all the readings and materials are free and accessible through links provided in the classroom. These links can be found in the Lessons area. The materials include e-book chapters, videos, and other items.

Some of our readings are drawn from these e-textbooks - here are the APA formatted references for those, and links, for your information. Note - you need to be logged in to the APUS main portal in order for some links to work:

Burke, M. A. (2012). Racial ambivalence in diverse communities : Whiteness and the power of color-blind ideologies. Retrieved from


McIlwain, C. D., & Caliendo, S. M. (2011). The Routledge companion to race and ethnicity. London: Routledge.


Spickard, P. (Ed.). (2013). Multiple identities : Migrants, ethnicity, and membership. Retrieved from



Tatum, B. (2003). Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?: Revised edition. Retrieved from



Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.