Comparative Ethnic Relations
This course offers an overview of the sociological study of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ using examples from the Canadian context. It introduces students to the processes involved in the social construction of ‘racial’ and ethnic categories, with attention to the historical and contemporary outcomes of such categorization. By exploring how conceptions and experiences of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ affect everyday life in Canada, the course also investigates how ideas and practices of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ emerge, shift over time, and become part of culture. Topics such as racism, ethnocentrism, multiculturalism, immigration policy, First Nations’ relations, and the hyphenated identity will be studied. Relevant sociological theories and research methods are utilized for further examination of race and ethnic relations.