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Race and Ethnicity in Society
There is no denying that race and ethnicity play a large role in society. People have long been defined by their racial or ethnic background. The ideas of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination are usually aligned with race and ethnicity. In these lessons, you will learn more about this topic through lessons that cover:
- The definitions of race and ethnicity, including social minority vs social majority and distinguishing traits of minorities
- Key concepts related to discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes, including both positive and negative examples
- Major theoretical ideas on the origins of prejudice, including the scapegoat theory, authoritarian personality, the culture theory, the conflict theory and the social identity theory
- The interaction between social majorities and minorities, including the definitions of pluralism, assimilation, miscegenation, segregation and genocide
- The special issues, histories, cultural heritages and stereotypes surrounding groups such as Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, WASPs, Hispanics, Latinos and Arab Americans
Our engaging video lessons are designed to help you learn the subject matter in a straightforward, informative way. Each of the lessons are taught by experts on the subject, including current and former college professors and instructors. Additionally, each lesson is assembled by a professional video editor. Thanks for watching!
1. Race and Ethnicity Definitions: Social Minority vs. Social Majority
This lesson introduces concepts important to understanding race and ethnicity. First, a distinction is made between 'race' and 'ethnicity.' Next, the idea of a social minority is defined, along with distinction and subordination. Finally, U.S. trends regarding minority influence are outlined.
2. Prejudice, Discrimination & Stereotypes: Definitions & Examples
There are many different types of people in the world. What happens when one person thinks or feels a certain way about an entire group of people? Watch this lesson to find out about stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
3. The ABC Model of Attitudes and Prejudice
How are attitudes formed? And what's the relationship between attitudes and behavior? In this lesson, we'll examine the ABC Model of attitudes, how it relates to prejudice and behaviors, and how behaviors are linked to beliefs and feelings.
4. Prejudice: Theories and Ideas on Origins
Why do some people dislike entire groups of people? What causes prejudice? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the theories about what makes people prejudiced, including scapegoat theory, authoritarian personality, and culture theory.
5. Interactions Between Social Majorities and Minorities
The world is a diverse place full of all sorts of people. In this lesson, we'll examine the effects of pluralism and what happens when people from different backgrounds interact, including segregation, genocide, assimilation, and miscegenation.
6. African Americans in the U.S.: History, Heritage & Cultural Issues
There are several ethnic minority groups in the United States. This lesson explores the African American experience, from the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the Civil Rights Movement, even delving into some of today's most significant cultural issues.
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Other chapters within the Sociology 101: Intro to Sociology course
- Introduction to Sociology: The Basics
- Key Sociology Theorists
- Sociology Research Methods
- Foundations of Society
- Theories of Individual Social Development
- Social Groups & Organizations
- Diversity in Society
- Sex and Gender in Society
- Aging in Society
- Economics and Politics
- Social Institutions
- Social Change Over Time
- Studying for Sociology 101