SO121 Social Justice, Race, and Gender Issues in American Society

A sociological introduction to the historical and current influence of race, ethnicity, gender, and class on individuals and families, regarding inequality of social status, political power, access to education, health care, housing, other human services, career opportunity, and economic well-being. Examines both theoretical approaches and empirical evidence regarding the ways inequality is created, maintained, and overcome in society, and the harmful effects on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Topics addressed include: the social causes of racial, ethnic, gender, and class discrimination in American society; the nature of oppression and historical and current social justice and liberation movements seeking to combat it; individual and institutional forms of social injustice; social conditions promoting prejudice, racism, discrimination, segregation, and inequality of opportunity; social constructions of race and gender roles; and the responsibilities of the human services professional in combating injustice. A library component is included.

3 Credit Hours