In this course we will examine historical and contemporary factors that structure ethnic inequalities, intergroup relations, and conceptions of race and ethnicity. In so doing, we will review major theoretical and empirical works in sociology and demography. Given the global nature of our studies we will also focus on the changing definitions of race and ethnicity as they are manifested in the countries to which we will travel.
Field WorkCountry: Ireland
Day: 2 - Dublin - Saturday, 21 September
Students will take a guided 1.4 hour walk with the Sinn Fein representative, which is a political party in Ireland. The term means “We Ourselves” and the party was founded in 1970. We will follow in the footsteps of Rebel leaders, Michael Collins, James Connolly and Padraig Pearse. We will hear the story of Ireland’s fight for freedom in the 1916 uprising as told by Irish Republicans. After the walking tour we will visit the Gaol, the jail which was the site of the events leading to Ireland’s emergence as a nation separate from England. It is the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe and was part of the heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from the 1780s to the 1920s. We will look at the construction of “other,” class and ethnic conflicts and revolution Academic Objectives: 1. For students to see the race and ethnic conflicts in Ireland 2. For students to see that religion can divide peoples as well as ethnicity and race 3. For students to see the impact of revolution as a living example today