The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity -- Title
Summer 2004
New York University
Detailed syllabus

Class meets Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from May 17th through June 24th, 2004
Time: 11:10 AM-1:15 PM
Location: 25 West 4th Street, Room C-19
INSTRUCTOR: Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur

marthur AT ric DOT edu

269 Mercer Street, 4th Floor, Room #436

Office Hours by Appointment


Why should we study race? Race does not “exist” in any physical or biological sense. The genes that dictate our skin color, our hair color, the shape of our eyes or our nose—these genes do not come in some neat little bundle that tells us who belongs to which group. Indeed, over history and still today there has not been a consensus on how to classify people into races or even how many races exist. However, race is extremely real in its effects on our lives as individuals and as members of society. By studying race, along with ethnicity (an idea which is often confused or conflated with race), we can unravel where race comes from, why it still matters, how it impacts us, and how it intersects with other sorts of inequality in society.

This course has two primary substantive aims: first, to develop an understanding of how the idea of race has emerged and developed in the United States, and second, to understand how race intersects with other systems of inequality (including class, gender, sexuality, and disability). It has the additional aim of giving students the tools to critically interrogate race in term of both their academic and non-academic lives (for instance, the appearance of race in the media). Students will also get practice in a number of important forms of academic and professional writing as pertains to race, as well as in leading class discussions.

Back, Les and John Solomos, eds. 2000. Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge. Available at Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, 716 Broadway.

Photocopied reading packet. Available at New University Copy, 11 Waverly Place.

Electronic course readings (URLs located on Electronic Reading List).

Enabled NYU Home, NYU Email account, and Blackboard (log in with your NYU Home net ID and password)

Presentation and discussion facilitation for one class meeting

Five weekly 3-5 page papers on assigned topics
10% each = 50%

Pre-test during first class session
not graded

Post-test replicating pre-test (open book): 1/2 performance, 1/2 improvement

Class participation and attendance
(all readings and assignments due on the date for which they are listed)
Key to location of readings:
T=In Race and Racism
R=In photocopied reader
E=Electronic material

Monday, May 17th
Introduction to the Class
Pre-test administered

Tuesday, May 18th
What is Race? Ethnicity? Culture?
Appiah (T)
Benedict (T)
Dyer (T)
Thursday, May 20th
What is Panethnicity? How and Why do we Study Race?
Espiritu (R)
McIntosh (E)
Morning (R)
Monday, May 24th
History and Development of Race as an Idea
Statistics and demographics paper due
Cox (T)
Banton (T)
Jordon (T)
Tuesday, May 25th
Theories of Race
Bonilla-Silva (E)
Hall (T)
Miles (T)
Winant (T)

Thursday, May 27th
History of Race in the United States Cartwright (R)
DuBois (T)
Myrdal (T)

Moynihan (E)

Park (T)
Monday, May 31st
No Class--Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 1st
Race, Politics, and Law
Book review paper due
Crenshaw (T)
Harris (E)
Mercer (T)
Thursday, June 3rd
Race and Education
Duster (R)
Fish (E)
Orfeild (E)
Steele (E)
Monday, June 7th
Race and Other Sources of Inequality--Introduction; Race and Class
Policy Analysis Paper Due
Introduction (T)
Moore & Pinderhughes (R)
Oliver & Shapiro (R)
Suziki (E)
Tuesday, June 8th
Gender I--Privilege
Carby (T)
Frankenberg (T)

McClintock (T)
Thursday, June 10th
Gender II--Feminisms
Brah (T)
Collins (T)
hooks (T)
Mohanty (T)
Monday, June 14th
Sexuality and Disabilitiy
Paper Due
Eng (R)
Samuels (E)
Stoler (T)
Tuesday, June 15th
Bauman (T)
Gilman (T)
Jacobson (T)
Mosse (T)
Thursday, June 17th
Race in the Media
Viewing: Color Adjustment
Collins (R)
Fong-Torres (R)
Gilliam (E)
Henderson & Baldsty (E)
Monday, June 21st Immigration
Media Paper Due
Shanahan & Olzack (R)
Smith (R)
Zhou (R)
Tuesday, June 22nd
Activism and Social Change
Review and organize materials for Post-Test
Chang (E)
Environmental Justice (E)
Nagel (E)
Rollins (E)
Thursday, June 24th
Conclusions & Summaries
Post-Test administered (open book)
Huntington (E)
Steinburg (T)