Soc110: Building a multiracial society

Sep 16, 2023

Soc110: Building a multiracial society

Students will choose a film from the pre-approved list provided in the module (or another title with instructor approval) and will be expected to apply the material covered in class (especially Bonilla-Silva’s 4 frames of colorblind racism) to their everyday social world. Film Selection and Outline are due in Module 4 and will be sent to your instructor via email. As his/her critical-thinking decision-making objective, the student should decide whether the societal evidence he/she reviews in the paper

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(a) demonstrates the typical colorblind pattern that Bonilla-Silva describes in the textbook; or

(b) reveals a more progressive and/or minority pattern; or

(c) some combination of the above; or

(d) some other pattern not discussed in the textbook but worth exploring in future research.

The student may find that the quotes he/she analyzes deliberately challenge one of the 4 frames of colorblindness in some way, and he/she can note this in the paper as well. Each paper should consider the implications of the analysis of colorblindness for the future of a multiracial society. In other words, how do the representations discovered in your analysis help and/or hinder a society’s progress toward inclusive multiracial democracy?

Submit the Course Paper to Chalk and Wire no later than Sunday 11:59 EST/EDT of Module 8. The Course Paper Chalk & Wire link is located in the Module 8 folder. Students who do not submit the assignment to Chalk & Wire will receive a zero. This is a key assignment assessment; the results are used to ensure students are meeting University Exploration program goals. Video and PDF instructions can be found on the course home page.

PDF instructions are also located in the Start Here folder. The paper should present quotes that illustrate all 4 frames of colorblindness and analyze them accordingly. The student’s submission will be graded using the UE SLO rubric. [NOTE: Regardless of the film chosen, students should write a minimum of 6 pages total as part of their paper.] 

SOC-110 Film List

A Time to Kill

American History X


Black and White


Dear White People

District 9

Django Unchained

Do the Right Thing

Freedom Writers

Fruitvale Station

Get on the Bus

Get Out

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Higher Learning

Imitation of Life

In the Heat of the Night

Jungle Fever

McFarland USA

Mississippi Burning

Monster’s Ball


Remember the Titans

The Butler

The Great Debaters

The Help

The Visitor

To Kill a Mockingbird

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