Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Examine the history of racial formations and social construction.
2. Evaluate major psychological theories on privilege, prejudice, and discrimination.
3. Distinguish what elements of social structure work to maintain systems of stratification
based on constructions of difference.
4. Define and analyze the dimensions of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism.
5. Recognize patterns of ethnic relations, such as assimilation and pluralism.
6. Evaluate the systemic relationship between social class and ethnicity.
7. Examine the relationship of gender-based stereotypes to heterosexism.
8. Analyze patriarchy and the system of sexism.
9. Compare the consequences of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism on
Native American, African American, Mexican/Latino, and Asian/Pacific Island American
10. Identify ways to bridge differences, dismantle systems of oppression, and become agents
I. Introduction of Concepts
A. Distinguish between prejudice, discrimination, and oppression
B. Definitions and terms
C. Classification and categorization
II. Psychological Research and Theories on Privilege, Prejudice, and Discrimination
A. Peter Rose's "Nature of Prejudice and Patterns of Discrimination" research
B. Peggy McIntosh's "White Privilege" theory
C .Ronald Takaki's multicultural research on difference
D. Intergroup relations theory
III. The Social Construction of Difference
A. Berger and Luckman's "Construction" theory
B. Michel Foucault "Social Construction Transformation" theory
C. Perception and recall or social information
D. Origins, transmission, and maintenance of stereotypic beliefs
IV. Common Elements of Oppression: Domination and Subordination
A. Authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, and empathy
B. Social ideologies (i.e., religion and political orientation)
C. Social dominance orientation
D. Internalized dominance and subordination
V. Systemic Oppression and Racism
A. Lillian Roybal Rose's "Systematic Oppression" theory
B. Gloria Yamato's theory on "Naming Racism"
C. Marilyn Fry's "Double-Bind Oppression" theory
D. Derald Wing Sue's theory on "Microaggressions"
VI. White Privilege, Oppression, and Difference
A. Systems of privilege
B. White benefits and middle class privilege
C. Cost of racism to white people
D. Becoming allies
VII. Social Class and Inequality
A. Class consciousness
B. Ethnicity and social class
C. Feminism and class power
D. Class hierarchy
VIII. Patriarchy: The System of Sexism
A. Development of gender-based prejudice
B. Systems of patriarchy
C. Feminism and patriarchal domination
D. Masculinity and dominance
IX. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Experience
B. Anti-gay stereotypes
C. Bias attitudes, prejudice, and oppression
X. Native American Experience
A. Stereotyping, values, and social structure
C. Relocation and assimilation
D. Reservation and urban Indians
XI. African American Experience
A. Slavery and institutionalized racism
B. Stereotyping and segregation
C. Immigration patterns and cultural adjustment
D. West Indian and Black American assimilation
XII. Latino/Mexican American Experience
A. Cultural attributes and differentiation
B. Stereotyping and bias attitudes
C. Immigration and racism
D. Chicano, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Caribbean, Central & South Americans
XIII. Asian/Pacific Island American Experience
A. Model-minority stereotype
B. Cultural attributes and differentiation
C. East and Southeast Asians
D. West Asian and Middle Eastern Americans
XIV. Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: Becoming Allies & Embracing Difference
A. Stereotype suppression
B. Effectiveness of intergroup contact
C. Educational and workplace intervention
D. Valuing and managing diversity
The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability. 7th ed. Rosenblum, Karen and Travis, Toni-Michelle. McGraw Hill. 2015
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination. 3rd ed. Whitley Jr., Bernard and Kite, Mary. Routledge. 2016
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study. 10th ed. Rothenberg, Paula. Worth Publishers. 2016