Sociology 3242 Section 1, Fall 2011
Prof. Mary Stricker
Office: GH754, 204-0135
Hours: M: 10:30-11:30; T,TH:
12:30-1: 30, And By Appt.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the social constructionist theory(ies)
of race and ethnicity in the United States.
We will look at how the social constructionist
perspective examines the formation of racial and ethnic identities, institutions, and
will be the primary focus of students’
are intimately and messily (yes, messily!) connected to
constructions of class, gender, sexuality, nation, and religion.
We will do our best, given
time constraints, to grapple with each of these connections.
This is an upper level
sociology course meaning we will be engaging in upper level work, both in thought and
That is, I will be asking you to think and write deeply and carefully about the
issues raised in our readings.
The required reading for this course comes from journal
You will not get thru this course if you simply skim these articles—I’m not
In addition to developing your thinking and writing on these issues, I will be
asking you to speak frequently and willingly in the classroom about your deep and
careful thoughts and words.
In this course, you
a bench warmer.
This course is designed to encourage what might be referred to as a
analyzing the social construction of race and ethnicity.
A reflexive approach requires an
“awareness of the self as an indispensable avenue to awareness of the social world”
(Gouldner, 1970). With this approach in mind, I will be urging students, as C. Wright
Mills did in
The Sociological Imagination
, “to use your life experience in your
intellectual work; continually to examine and interpret it”.
This approach will be
formalized through an autoethnographic research project.
Hopefully, this project will
prove to be personally and intellectually rewarding and empowering.
I expect you to bring readings to all classes.
I expect you to come to class on time and remain here until class is over.
I expect you to participate in class while being aware of your peers’ need to do the same.
I expect you to know when assignments are due and what readings are required. The
syllabus is your friend.