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Revision Date: 04-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | SOC-2040-VM01 - Race, Ethnicity, Class & Gender

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 08:30A - 11:30A
Semester Dates: 09-05-2024 to 12-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 14 (as of 07-21-24 4:05 PM)
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Ben Maniscalco
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course explores the relationship between race, ethnicity, class and gender in the construction of human society. Students learn to apply these concepts in order to better understand social forces in their own experience and to identify the social and psychological interests served by discrimination based on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, and sexuality.

Essential Objectives

1. Define the evolving sociological frameworks and language used to describe race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, and sexuality.
2. Analyze how institutions, policies, and other social structures are used to create, maintain, or dismantle social inequalities.
3. Explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the social construction of reality, and examine methods through which social scientists conduct research on these intersections.
4. Examine theories related to origins of prejudice, including conscious and unconscious thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.
5. Document and critically assess the proposition that Western thought has traditionally been centered on the experiences and values of only a privileged few.
6. Describe the ways in which social privilege, political power and traditional ideologies reinforce and maintain racial, ethnic, class and gender stereotypes.
7. Evaluate the impacts of greater diversity within communities, including neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

SOC-2040-VM01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


The course will utilize the following instructional modalities:

- instructor lead presentations

- whole class discussions

- small group discussions

- documentaries, films, and short video clips

- surveys

*Assignments will be posted on canvas and will consist of:

- quizzes

- tests

- response papers (explained in syllabus on Canvas)

- discussion forum responses

Evaluation Criteria

Students will be evaluated on their assignments through a point system.

There will be total amount of possible points for the semester (1200).

Each assignment will be assigned a specific number of points (50 or 100).

Class participation will be worth a total possible 100 points

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Defining the majority and minority groups in the United States


Passage from text


Response paper outlined by instructor



Assimilation and Pluralism


Reading from text


Response Paper #2



African Americans


Reading from text and article provided by instructor

Film "The 13th"


Discussion Forum Assignment



Hispanic Americans


Video: The Heterogeneity of the Hispanic Population

Article on Mexican Americans

Presentation on Cuban and Puerto Rican Americans


Discussion Forum Assignment



Hispanic Americans Part 2


Reading: A History of Immigration to the United States


Exam #1



Asian Americans


Video Link: "The Model Minority Group"

Presentations on Chinese, Japanese, and Indian Americans

Video Link: Japanese Internment during WWII


Discussion Forum Assignment



White Working Class in the United States


Presentation: White Working Class

Video Link: Rising Mortality among White Americans (PBS)


Response Paper Assignment Guide



Prejudice and Discrimination


Presentation: Prejudice And Discrmination

Video: The Robbers Cave Experiment


Exam #2



Examining Structural Inequality in the United States


PEW Research Data Article

Presentation on the Wealth, Housing, Income, and Educational divide in the United States


Response Paper



Colorism and the Pigmentocracy


Presentation: Colorism

Video Link: Colorism and Skin Whitening in India


Discussion Forum



Gender and Gender Stratification in the United States


Presentation: Gender and Gender Stratificaion in the United States

Article: The Gender Divide

PEW Survey - Attitudes on Gender Inequality


Discussion Forum Response



Gender and Gender Stratification Part 2


Video Link: The Line Between (Gender Identity and Fluidity in the modern United States)

Presentation on Gender Identity


Exam #3



Social Class in the United States


Presentation: Social Class

Video: Richard Reeves on the Upper Middle Class

Video: The Working Poor

Article: Survival of the Fittest


Response Paper Assignment



Social Class, income polarization, and social mobility within the United States


Article: Why Class Matters?

Presentation: Social Mobility

Video: Economist Raj Chetty on Income Inequality


Discussion Forum Assignment


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Participation for this class includes:

  • Coming to class on time
  • Having your cell phone turned off (vibrate or silent) the entire class period
  • Participating in whole group and small group discussions
  • Participating in any online discussion forums that are assigned
  • Being respectful of other students and viewpoints that you may not agree with
  • Handing in assignments on time

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late assignments will be accepted within one week of the due date posted on Canvas. Points will be deducted based on how late the assignment is.

After one week that an overdue assignment is not turned in, the assignment grade will be marked as a zero in the gradebook.

*We all have emergency situations that come up. It is your responsibility to communicate with the instructor as soon as possible in order to get an extension if and when an emergency situation occurs.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.