This course unflinchingly looks at the dynamics between cause and effect of prejudice and discrimination. Students are exposed to different groups, with the intention of exposing them to a similar mechanism used to oppose people, regardless of the color of their skin color/sexual identity/age/ability/etc. This course has been offered for three years and continues to reach capacity long before the semester starts.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Examine the history of racial formations and social construction.
- Evaluate major psychological theories on privilege, prejudice, and discrimination.
- Distinguish what elements of social structure work to maintain systems of stratification based on constructions of difference.
- Define and analyze the dimensions of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism.
- Recognize patterns of ethnic relations, such as assimilation and pluralism.
- Evaluate the systemic relationship between social class and ethnicity.
- Examine the relationship of gender-based stereotypes to heterosexism.
- Analyze patriarchy and the system of sexism.
- Compare the consequences of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism on Native American, African American, Mexican/Latino, and Asian/Pacific Island American populations.
- Identify ways to bridge differences, dismantle systems of oppression, and become agents of change.
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