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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2007

SOC 395L • Comparative Perspectives on Race/ Ethnicity

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46525 W
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
BUR 310
RUDRAPPA

Course Description

The seminar in the sociology of race/ ethnicity is meant to give you an overarching view of topics that have classically preoccupied American sociological debates, such as the continuing significance of the color line, immigration, segregation, assimilation, and the problem of crime. An introduction to these topics should help form the basis of much of your own work on race/ ethnicity. Each topic is not examined extensively, but readings have been selected to give you an understanding of where these debates stand at present. A couple of caveatsthere are no readings on demography of minorities, and neither is there much on religion. This can be a drawback for some; the strength of this seminar is that the reading list is laden with ethnographies and histories (a couple of the books/ articles have been written by historians, one of whom will be in UT as a guest speaker). The other bias in the reading list is an inordinate interest in gender, class, and the state.

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