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Intolerance: Social and Political Problems and Responses

10 Credits for 15 students.
Coordinator: Robert Hinckley

This learning community examines the issue of intolerance from both sociological and political science perspectives. Intolerance is directed against many groups of people in many forms. In part due to the current social and political climate in the U.S. and in other countries around the world, this learning community explores this issue paying special attention to intolerance based upon national identity, political views, and racial/ethnic identity. Each course will examine one of these three topics in depth while all three courses will discuss responses and remedies to the issue of intolerance.

85027 POLS 326 Political Intolerance: 4 Cr. MW 2-3:40 p.m. - Hinckley, R.
Political tolerance stands among a core set of democratic values. A tolerant society can foster healthy political debate and serve as a powerful antidote to hatred and violence. Yet a majority of citizens in many democracies would deny basic freedoms to their political enemies. We will explore the sources of both
political tolerance and intolerance within the general public, including the role played by inter-group prejudice, in Russia, South Africa, and the United States.

This course satisfies the speaking intensive (SI) general education requirement.

85032 SOCI 395 Nationalism: 3 Cr. TuTh 11-12:15 p.m. - Bugg, D. (8 seats)
85033 POLS 395 Nationalism: 3 Cr. TuTh 11-12:15p.m. - Bugg, D. (7 seats)

This course explores the topic of nationalism as both a source of unity and intolerance. While our main focus will be on the resurgence of American nationalism in the United States beginning in the 1990s, the class will also explore nationalism in other Western societies over the same period. Our study of nationalism will begin with an examination of the concept and theories of nationalism. We will examine nationalism as both a source of unity and intolerance, giving specific attention to how a resurgence of nationalism in various western countries has manifested as intolerance towards a variety of social groups.

85028 SOCI 310 Race and Ethnic Relations, 3 cr. TuTh 12-30 - 1:45 p.m. - VanBlommestein, J.
This course is a critical analysis of some of the major issues on race in U.S. society (and across the world). Emphasis is placed on theory of social attitudes toward the explanation, treatment, and publilc policy decisions related to issues on race. We will develop a historical understanding and apply it to contemporary race relations. In addition, students will learn the concepts, language, and theories of Racial and Ethnic Relations while gaining an overview of selected racial and ethnic groups.