An examination of the causes and consequences of racism, prejudice, stigma and discrimination within various social and structural contexts, with a focus on the Canadian experience. Multiculturalism, citizenship and aboriginal rights will also be explored.
(Lecture Hours 3)
Total Weeks: 15
ANTH 101 and ANTH 102
OR SOCI 101 and SOCI 102
- Introduction to the course, concepts and perspectives in the study of race, ethnicity, and ethnic relations.
- Ethnic pluralism and industrialization
- Theories of ethnic change and persistence
- A demographic history of ethnic groups in Canada
- Multicultural regionalism
- Language and the Quebecois “nation”
- Federalist versus separatist dialectics
- Construction of sacred canopies; Aboriginal food-gatherers, Hutterite agriculturalists, Jewish urbanism
- Sacred enclavic communities; rural communities versus urban communities
- Theories of stratification; class and socio-economic status
- Empirical studies of power and status, socio-economic status and mobility
- Racism: prejudice and discrimination
- The quest for Human Rights; individual rights and freedoms
- The quest for Human Rights; ethnicity and collective rights
The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of ethnic, race and stigmatized minority relations in Canada and elsewhere. The course will introduce students to the basic theories and principles in the field. By the end of this course the students will be able to explain the causes and consequences of racism, prejudice, stigma and discrimination within various social and structural Canadian contexts. Such topics as multiculturalism, new-nationalism, citizenship, immigration, ethnic cleansing, anti-semitism, and aboriginal rights will also be studied. An over-all human rights approach is offered as a framework to the analysis of ethnic and minority issues
Grading System: Letters
Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.