Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Journal of Ethnic Studies
Bayer, R. H., "Race and Ethnicity in America: A Concise History", Columbia University Press, New York, 2003.
Brown, R., "Prejudice: Its Social Psychology", Blackwell, Oxford, MA, 1995.
Hooks,B., "Talking Back: Thinking Feminist,Thinking Black", South End Press, Boston, MA, 1989.
Prasad, P.,"The Organization Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity", SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, 1997.
Shipler, D. K., "The Working Poor: Invisible in America", Vintage Books, New York, 2005.
Wood, P., "Diversity: The Invention of a Concept", San Francisco, CA, 2003.
Zellner, W. W., "Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles", Worth Publishers, New York, 2001.
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.
Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites, and writings.
Learning Outcomes:1. Summarize current patterns of global race and ethnic relations.
2. Meaningfully utilize the key terms and themes that emerge from this course as you encounter discourses about racism, multiculturalism, and inequalities in the United States.
3.Apply key theoretical frameworks to race and ethnic relations to explain such phenomena as prejudice, assimilation, and discrimination.
4. Compare the different historical, social, and structural conditions that have given rise to the present situation of different racial and ethnic groups today.
5. Identify social, cultural, and economic differences between different racial groups in the United States.
6. Describe key trends in the future of race/ethnic relations and multiculturalism in the United States and abroad.
Course Assessment: 1. Completion of all READING ASSIGNMENTS.
2. Participation in CLASS DISCUSSIONS.
3. Participation in and completion & presentation of a GROUP PROJECT.
4. Completion and presentation of TWO COURSE RELATED ARTICLES selected by the student to lead class discussion & SUBMISSION OF A 1-2 PAGE SUMMARY of its contents including the student's personal opinion.
5. Completion and presentation of a 6-8 page TERM PAPER on a course related topic approved by the instructor.
6. Successful completion of a MIDTERM EXAM.
7. Successful completion of a FINAL EXAM.
Grading: The student's final course grade will be based on a 100 POINT SCALE distributed as follows:
GROUP PROJECT..............15 pts.
TWO ARTICLES................5 pts.(2.5 pts.ea.)
MIDTERM EXAM...............25 pts.
TERM PAPER.................25 pts.
FINAL EXAM.................30 pts.
The method of evaluating the TOTAL POINTS EARNED and GRADES AWARDED will be according to the following scale:
90 - 100 pts. = A
80 - 89 pts. = B
70 - 79 pts. = C
60 - 69 pts. = D
59 pts.or less= F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "0" unless otherwised arranged with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park university. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: August 10 - Overview of course & "Natives and newcomers", Chapter 1.
August 17 - "Together or apart?", "Anglo American society", and Article Presentations, Chapters 2 & 3.
August 24 - "Immigration, nativism, and racism", and Article & Term Paper Presentations, Chapters 4 & 5.
August 31 - "African Americans: from slavery to segregation, protest, and social change", and Article & Term Paper Presentations, Chapters 6 & 7.
September 7 - Article Presentations and MIDTERM EXAM
September 14 - "Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Native Americans", and Article & Term Paper Presentations, Chapters 8, 9, & 10.
September 21 - "Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, and Arab Americans" and Article & Term Paper Presentations, Chapters 11, 12, & 13.
September 28 - "The future of ethnicity" and Article & Term Paper Presentations, Chapter 14.
October 5 - Group Presentations & FINAL EXAM
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.
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