Subject:
Sociology
Material Type:
Module
Level:
Community College / Lower Division
Provider:
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Tags:
Oss0212, Sociology
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

Recognize and describe race as a social construction

Module Overview

OER Text Material 

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, Section: 10.2
This section does a great job critiquing the biological conceptualization of race and discusses why race is socially constructed. Ethnicity is also defined and ethnic identity is briefly discussed. Examples such as former president Barack Obama and Tiger Woods are used to illustrate the challenge of placing people into racial categories. These examples are currently relevant, but may need updated in several years.

Section 1: Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

  1. “Is Racial Identity Based in Biology or Society” – Sociology in Focus
    This is a great short article on the social construction of race.
     
  2. Trevor Noah on Apartheid and the Social Construction of Race – Sociological Cinema
    This source provides a link to a 13 minute stand-up routine by Trevor Noah. It is a great way to illustrate the social construction of race. Instructors should use prudence when deciding if this clip is appropriate for a class. Given Trevor Noah’s affiliation with the Daily Show and the current social and political climate, the clip might be polarizing.
     
  3. What is Race? – PBS
    This source includes the historical context of race, great examples of social construction, problems with a biological viewpoint, and an interactive game.
     
  4. Let’s Talk about Race
    Excellent ted talk that uses thumbs to illustrate the social construction of race.