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Revision Date: 02-Nov-22

Spring 2023 | SOC-2040-VO01 - Race, Ethnicity, Class & Gender

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Karen Case
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 will 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 and sexual orientation.

Essential Objectives

1. Define race, ethnicity, class, gender, racism, classism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny.
2. Analyze social phenomena, such as economic stratification, using race, class and gender as explanatory concepts.
3. Discuss the distinction between intellectual rejection of prejudice and unconscious retention of prejudicial attitudes and behaviors.
4. Document and critically assess the proposition that Western thought has traditionally been centered on the experiences and values of only a privileged few.
5. Analyze 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.
6. Describe the ways in which social privilege, political power and traditional ideologies reinforce and maintain racial, ethnic, class and gender stereotypes.
7. Analyze individual and institutional resistances to the recognition of human diversity.
8. Discuss the values, benefits, and challenges that diversity offers to communities, schools, and the workplace.
9. Compare theories of social stratification and resulting inequalities based on race, ethnicity, class, and gender.

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 only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


  • Weekly Discussions
  • Reading and research
  • One media essay
  • Research on a topic of interest to you culminating in a 5-7 page paper

Evaluation Criteria

Attendance/Discussion Board 40%

Research paper rough draft
to E-tutoring 5%

Research paper final 25%

Media essay 10%

Mid-term exam 10%

Final exam 10%

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


Introductions - Familiarization with course site and expectations


Online Discussion



Race & Ethnicity


Textbook Chapter 1 & 11


Online Discussion



Social Stratification


Textbook Chapter 9


Online Discussion





Textbook Chapter 12


Online Discussion





Online Discussion





Online Discussion



Mid Term Exam



Research Paper Prep





Textbook Chapter 14

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles


Online Discussion





Textbook Chapter 16

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles


Online Discussion





Textbook Chapter 18

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles


Online Discussion



Violence & Social Control


Textbook Chapter 7


Online Discussion





Textbook Chapters 3 & 4


Online Discussion





Online Discussion



Final Exam


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.

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.