This is an introductory level course in race and ethnic relations, introducing the core theories, concepts, and issues with respect to race and ethnic relations in the United States. Students will understand the social and historical contexts which have shaped the modern experience of race and ethnicity. Students will examine the social construction of race and ethnicity. Students will develop understanding on the complex ways race and ethnicity have made impact on American economy, culture and politics. This course involves lectures, groups discussions, and video presentations. The goal of this course is to help students develop their own perspective on American racial problems. Upon completion students will not only understand the theories and concepts in the field of racial and ethnic relations, and the sociological history of race relations in the United States, but also have an awareness that race is both a source of identity and social stratification and a system of privilege, power and inequality having influence on every citizen in the American society.