Sociology of Race, Gender, Class in the US

Sociology of Race, Gender & Class in the US 159 2 Credits
 Sociology of Race, Gender & Class in the US/Honors  159b  2 Credits

Sociology is the study of society's structures, functions, and problems.  In this course, students will investigate and evaluate the theories and stories related to how and why our local community and the United States influence how teens shape their own societal identities. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources, including many statistical representations, to  determine the social constructions of race, gender, class and ethnicity and how they intersect with each other. Class objectives include evaluations how schools, the media and other societal institutions create and maintain inequity. In addition, the format of the course requires daily participation, independent research, and collaborative presentations. All major writing assignments and projects underscore the ability to evaluate evidence, to communicate an interpretation and to defend a position using appropriate evidence. This course is now open to all juniors and seniors interested in exploring these issues.

Honors Option: Honors work requires challenging readings above grade level and a trimester-long independent research project culminating in a documented research paper.  Honors students are expected to demonstrate consistent initiative, preparation, and leadership in class discussions and activities.


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