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Racism, Prejudice & Poverty in the U.S. - Chapter Summary
This chapter's lessons look at the definition of inequalities in the U.S., including racism, discrimination and prejudice. You will explore theories on the origin of prejudice and examine the history of racism in this country. Another lesson analyzes stereotypes and discrimination.
Our instructors also lead you through a discussion of poverty in the U.S. You'll look at types of public assistance programs. This chapter prepares you to:
- Discuss the history of racism in the U.S.
- Examine theories on the origin of prejudice
- Look at the arguments for and against the equal rights amendment
- Define absolute poverty and give some causes
- Explore relative and absolute poverty in the U.S.
- Relate facts about the development and purpose of public assistance programs
- Define social inequality in sociological terms
Our brief, engaging video lessons are developed and taught by experts in the field. They've also included self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson so you can test your knowledge. The jump feature in the timelines make it easy to return to a certain point in each lesson without re-watching it in its entirety.
1. What Is Racism? - Definition, Examples & History
In this lesson, we will consider the meaning of the word 'racism.' We will define the word and look at how it has manifested itself throughout history by considering some examples.
2. 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.
3. Equal Rights Amendment: Definition, History, Pros & Cons
Explore the history and significance of the Equal Rights Amendment and test your understanding of American history, the politics of equality, and American activism.
4. 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.
5. What Is Absolute Poverty? - Definition, Causes & Examples
Nearly a quarter of people in the world are living in absolute poverty. Learn more about absolute poverty and its causes from examples, then test your knowledge with a quiz.
6. Poverty in the United States: Definitions of Relative & Absolute Poverty
Today, a significant number of Americans suffer from poverty. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between relative poverty and absolute poverty. We also examine the populations that are most at risk.
7. Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples
Poverty is still a serious problem in the United States and would be even more so but for various federal and state public assistance programs. In this lesson, you'll learn about what a public assistance program is and types of programs.
8. What Is Social Inequality in Sociology? - Definition, Effects & Causes
Social inequality is the existence of unequal opportunities and rewards for different social positions or statuses within a group or society. Let's examine some causes and effects of poverty and test our knowledge with a quiz.
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- Sociological Research Methods
- References Sources for Sociology Research
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- Personality & Self
- Beliefs, Attitudes & Development
- Deviance & Social Control
- Social Groups & Interactions
- Types of Communication
- Social Status & Stratification
- Sex & Gender Roles in Society
- Race & Ethnicity in Society
- Aging in American Society
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- Aging, Health & Family Issues in Society
- Social Changes & Cultural Variations
- Urbanization, Industrialization & Modernization
- Social Movements
- Crime & the US Criminal Justice System
- Ecological Problems in the US
- Political & Economic Systems
- Population Growth & Trends
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