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Race and Ethnicity

Course Code: SOCI 2230
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course involves an introductory examination of racial and ethnic relations in Canadian society. Sociological and cultural analysis of minority group issues and problems constitutes a main focus of interest. The course also examines relationships between ethnic minorities and institutional structures such as government, employment, and justice.

Course Content

  1. Introduction
    • Topics and issues covered
    • Description of oral presentation format
    • Course objectives
    • Class lecture/discussion format
    • Examination methods
    • Sociological approaches to race and ethnicity
  2. Sociological Concepts and Theories
    • Theories and concepts relating to intergroup dynamics
    • Concept of race
    • Intergroup relations
    • Historical context of racial and ethnic relations
  3. Racism and Discrimination
    • Critical examination of problematic issues in defining race
    • Discrimination, prejudice, ethnocentrism, stereotyping
    • Definitions and types of racism
    • Racism as a personal and a public problem
    • Discussion of strategies for defeating racism
  4. Ethnicity
    • The concept of “ethnicity& Examination of race and ethnicity in relation to social stratification
    • Examination of gender and its relationship to race and ethnicity
  5. Non-Charter Racial and Ethic Groups in Canada
    • Examination of Canada’s demographic profile
    • Ethnic relations and equality
    • Affirmative action and managing diversity
    • Aboriginal peoples
  6. Multiculturalism
    • Immigration policy
    • The “refugee dilemma”
    • The social policy of “multiculturalism”
    • Institutional dimensions of the social policy of multiculturalism
  7. Summary/Overview of Course

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:  lectures, audio-visual materials including overheads and films, small group discussions oral presentations (discussion seminars) and specialist speakers.

Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is based on formative and summative elements and is in accord with the Douglas College student evaluation policy.  Specific components of evaluation will include some of the following: exams made up of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and short essay questions; essay assignment; oral presentation; and the participation in class discussions, student presentations, and group discussions.

Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of one evaluation scheme:

Mid-term exam  20%
Essay/written assignment      25%
Final exam  25%
Oral presentation  15%
Participation  15%
Total 100%


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the ways in which racial and ethnic relations are affected by social and cultural factors.                                  
  2. Describe and evaluate how social structural conditions influence race and ethnicity in society.  
  3. Critically evaluate the political and economic contexts relating to race and ethnic relations.             
  4. Describe and be able to employ key sociological concepts relating to the description and analysis of racial and ethnic dynamics and social relations.
  5. Apply sociological perspective(s) to important issues pertaining to race and ethnic relations.
  6. Critically evaluate significant social issues relating to race and ethnicity as these pertain to contemporary Canadian society.

course prerequisites

SOCI 1125 or SOCI 1145 or SOCI 1155 or OLD SOCI 135

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.