This course critically explores the phenomena of ‘race’, ‘ethnicity’ and other modes of ‘social domination’ in today’s world. It is divided into three major sections. The first section lays the theoretical groundwork by studying the anthropological and sociological understandings of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’. The second section examines specific global instances of social inequality, emphasizing the societies experienced during the spring 2015 Semester at Sea voyage. In the third section, each student will present his/her own investigation into an international ‘social inequality’ topic for class consideration.
Field ClassCountry: India
Day: 2 - Saturday, 7 March
We will visit Dalit civil rights organizations and observe life in a Dalit community. Academic Objectives: To allow students an opportunity to witness the universal elements of social inequality. These elements include: domination, legitimating ideology, stigma, segregation, discrimination, economic exploitation, resource competition, violent subjugation, submission and maintenance of social boundaries.