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SO 315 Minority Group Relations
Crawford, Perry N.


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 IR
SemesterF2O2005
FacultyCrawford, Perry N.
TitleSenior Professor (Adjunct Faculty)
Degrees/CertificatesPh.D., LPC, LADC, NCC
Office LocationBLDG. 1020, RM 22
Office HoursBy appointment only
Daytime Phone760-380-4044
Other Phone760-252-1674
E-Mailperry.crawford@mail.park.edu
papa_of_8@msn.com
Semester Dates24 Oct - 18 Dec 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:20 - 8:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Racial Ethnic Groups 10th Edition (with CD), Schaefer, 2005
ISBN: 013192897X

http://wps.prenhall.com/hss_schaefer_raceethnic_10

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:
The instructor's educational philosophy is interactive based on lectures, readings, dialogue, examinations, research and writings. The instructor will engage each student in what is referred to as disputations learning to encourage critical thinking, exploration of ideas, theories and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated acquisition of the following knowledge and skills:
- The student will demonstrate effective communication involving clarification of a social problem.
- The student will be able to recognize and articulate her/his own strengths and weaknesses in communication and sensitivity to human diversity issues.
- The student will be able to develop and lead exercises related to improving communication with sensitivity as a process in debate and written form.
- The student will be able to assess her/his own and others understanding of the impact of human diversity on lifestyle patterns.
- The student will have a keen self-awareness regarding the impact of class, race, gender, sexuality, and other differences in daily life.
- The student will have an understanding how issues of diversity affect the development, delivery, and evaluation of social services.

Course Assessment:
Class presentation (participation in a debate of one of the current issues of the course. Written paper presenting both sides of the presented (debated) issue (5 pages, double spaced, #12 font). Written paper describing and analyzing an experience with an ethnic or religious group other than your own (5 pages, double spaced,  #12 font), and completion of a comprehensive final examination comprise the end of course grade.

Grading:
GRADING SCALE
Written Papers        100 pts (50 points each)
Presentation 100 pts
Final Exam 100 pts

Total 300 pts

270 - 300………A
240 – 269………B
210 – 239………C
180 – 209………D
179 & below…F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Materials must be submitted on time to receive full credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance is of utmost importance and all absences must be approved in advance except in extreme emergencies. Failure to attend more than two classes will result in an administrative withdrawal and the grade of F.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Session I:  
Chapter 1. Understanding Race and Ethnicity.

Session II:  
Chapter 2. Prejudice.
Chapter 3. Discrimination.

Session III:
Chapter 4. Immigration and the United States.
Chapter 5. Ethnicity and Religion.

Session IV  
Chapter 6. The Native Americans.
Chapter 14. Jewish Americans: Quest to Maintain Identity.    

Session V:  
Chapter 7. The Making of African Americans in a White America.

Session VI  
Chapter 8. African Americans Today.

Session VII: Field Trip

Session VIII:
Chapter 9. Hispanic Americans

Session IX:
Chapter 10. Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans.

Session X:  
Chapter 11. Muslim and Arab Americans: Diverse Minorities.
Chapter 15. Women: The Oppressed Majority.

Session XI  
Chapter 12. Asian Americans: Growth and Diversity.

Session XII:
Chapter 13. Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans.

Session XIII:
Chapter 16. Beyond the United States: The Comparative Perspective.
Chapter 17. Overcoming Exclusion.

Session XIV:  Debate

Session XV:   Debate

Session XVI:  Final

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
Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park Univerity will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park University.

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
Park University has determined that only two reasons for Excused Absences are Military/Job Duty (or) a Family Emergency. An instructor may excuse an absence for the aforementioned reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  
Each Unexcused Absence will result in the lowering of the offender's grade. A repeated unexcused absence will result in the student being administratively withdrawn by the university. A resulting grade of “F” will be given and reported to the appropriate tuition assistance agency.

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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