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SO 315 Minority Group Relations
Sartain, S.L.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseSO 315 Minority Group Relations
SemesterF1J05
FacultySartain, S.L.
TitleAdjunct Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesEd. S. Higher Education
MSEd  Counselor Education
BS Speech education
Office LocationDowntown
Daytime Phone816.842.6182
E-Mailsartain@park.edu
Semester DatesAugust 22-October 10 , 2005
Class DaysMonday
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Richard Schaefer. Racial and Ethnic Groups, 10th edition, 2006

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
An examination of the patterns and causes of prejudice and discrimination.  Surveys the history and current status of groups in American society which have been subjected to discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex or religion.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This class will be very interactive. I feel strongly that students should be an active part of the classroom.  There will be some sensitive materials discussed.   It is my hope that all students will be respectful of each other's points of view.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, students should be able to:

·         A. Demonstrate awareness of and critique cross cultural variations and diversity in American society.

·         B. Demonstrate improved ability to express ideas in both oral and written work.

·         C. Demonstrate an improved ability to debate and discuss controversial topics.

·         D. Analyze and articulate the impact and effect of minority groups on the social and political structures of American society.

·         E. Critically analyze and define specific ideologies and terminologies used in the discussion of minority group relations.

·         F. Assess his/her own and others understanding of the impact of human diversity on lifestyle patterns

Course Assessment:
Quizzes
         100 points

Final Presentation
         200 points

News Article
         60 points

Participation
         60 points

Attendance
         80 points

Total Points Possible
         500 points

Grading:
A = 90% and above
B = 80% - 89.99%
C = 70% - 79.99%
D = 60% - 69.99%
F = Below 70%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any material submitted late will automatically receive a 15-point per day penalty until the instructor receives the material, unless the student makes prior arrangements with the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to waive the penalty if it is determined by the instructor that there were extenuating circumstances surrounding the tardiness of the material.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Students are required to read all assigned material (text, handouts, etc.,) to watch all outside viewing assignments, listen to all outside audio assignments, and be prepared to discuss the material in class. Students will also have to successfully pass all exams and complete all projects on time, to include an end of term presentation (topic to be discussed in class). Attendance and participation are required for successful completion of this course.

 Reading Assignments
(Prior to class)
Bring to ClassQuizes/ExamsLearning Outcomes
August 22Chpts 1 and 2   
August 29Chpts 3,4, and 5News ArticleQuizA,B,E
September 5Chpts 6,7, and 8News ArticleQuizA,B,C,E
September 12Chpts 9 and 10News ArticleQuizA,B,E
September 19Chpts 11 and 14
News ArticleQuizA,B,C,E
September 26Chpts 12, 13, News ArticleQuizA,B,E,F
October 3Chapt 15, 16, and 17News Article
Annotated Bibliography
 A,B,C,E,F
October 10  Project PresentationA,B,D,E

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Students who are absent, regardless of reason, will not be able to "make up" points lost due to lack of participation and attendance.

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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