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Sociology 106 - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity - Pamela Williams-Páez

Course:Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Professor:Pamela Williams-Páez
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hi all! My name is Pamela Williams-Páez and I earned my M.A. in Sociology from University of Washington. My research interests include race and ethnicity, deviance and criminology, culture, popular culture, social stratification and social movements. My writing in the discipline addresses the sociology of a metro bus and what we can learn from public space about society and ourselves. I have extensive travel experience and enjoy doing art, music and gardening in my spare time.

Studying Sociology is a lot of fun!  In this discipline we are able to see how things that seem ordinary reveal much about our social lives and ourselves. Everything that you are interested in can be related to Sociology. The Race and Ethnicity course will dive into historical and contemporary issues surrounding racial inequalities in society and how movers and shakers have struggled for social change. So much of our world is taken for granted. Sociology actively changes that, forces interrogation and a critical awareness. But there is so much more! Using your newly discovered sociological imagination everything you knew is open for scrutiny and the mundane becomes extraordinary. You will be able to explore how your life is shaped and influenced by social forces and how you can be an agent of positive social change!

Course Description

Presents the sociological analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism while examining the cultural, historical, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, and patterns of interaction between various racial and ethnic groups.

What to Expect in this Course

I look forward to meeting you this new term!

Types of Assessments

This course will feature exams, assignments and discussions boards.

Other Relevant Course Information

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I look forward to meeting you all!

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Last updated: 02/23/2023 Sub#: 94