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SOC 250: Community Forces in Hawai‘i (3 credits)

Course Description

This course is designed to acquaint the student with sociological principles and the application of these principles to aid in the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the unique social environment of the State of Hawai‘i. Fundamental concepts of sociology in the area of race relations are presented with emphasis on Hawai‘i's unique potential “melting pot” social environment and the development of an “unorthodox race doctrine” for Hawai‘i. Sociological aspects of the various cultural contributions by the ethnic groups to Hawai‘i including values, concepts, practices, history, and language are also investigated. (3 hours lecture)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical factors that affect inter-ethnic relationships in Hawai‘i.
  • Describe how the structure of inter-ethnic relationships functions, and how it affects the lives of Hawai‘i residents.
  • Explain the various factors that develop, maintain, and weaken inter-ethnic relationships in Hawai‘i.
  • Identify the changes in inter-ethnic relations in Hawai‘i through time.

Degrees and Certificates

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Classes Offered

  • Fall 2003 - MWF, 9:25am to 10:20am, Hale Pālanakila 212, A Yanagisako - CRN: 14874