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SO 315 Minority Group Relations
Butler, John,, Jr.


Course Number: SO315
Course Title: Minority Group Relations
Instructor: Dr. John Butler, Jr.
Telephone: Home 821-5032; Office: 887-2492
E-mail: jbj713@aol.com
Term Dates: January 3, 2005 – February 26, 2005
Meeting Time: Saturday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Site: Fort Bliss, Texas

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This Course is an examination of the patterns and courses of prejudice and discrimination. Surveys the history and current status of groups in American society that have been subjected to discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, or religion.

II. GOALS OF THE COURSE

This course is designed to provide the student with a sociological analysis of inter-group processes and history of racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

III. LEARNING OBJECTIVE

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the social processes of group relationships. At the end of this course will be able to:

1. Explain the importance of the study of Minority Group Relations.
2. Explain several key concepts in the Sociology of Minority Groups.
3. Define Sociology, Psychology, and interrelations to Social Psychology.
4. Distinguish basic characteristics of Race, Ethnicity, Prejudice, and discrimination.
5. Engage in intellectual discussions about the influence of Family Background on Group Behavior.
6. Apply Sociological theory to Group Dynamics explain pluralism and assimilation.
7. Explain Minority Group Relations as observed and researched in the United States and in other parts of the world.

IV. COURSE ARRANGEMENTS/INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY:

A. Lecture/Discussion/Conference
B. A/V Materials, when appropriate
C. Examinations
D. Presentations exercises (special projects)



V. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

A. Students are expected to read assigned material from the textbook before class.
B. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions.
C. All course work will be completed before final grades are assigned.

VI. COURSE TEXTBOOK REQUIRED:

VII. SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE MATERIALS: None

VIII. CLASS MEETING SCHEDULE:

Week 1. Prologue and chapters 1, 2, and 3

Week 2. Chapters 4 and 5

Week 3. Chapters 6, 7, and special projects

Week 4. Mid-Term Evaluation and special projects

Week 5. Chapters 8, 9, and 10 (Round Table)

Week 6. Chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 (Round Table)

Week 7. Final Evaluation and special projects

Week 8. Senior Presentations, special projects, and epilogue

IX. CLASS POLICIES:

Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time, and be prepared to participate. Attendance will be taken at ALL class meetings. Class work missed because of excused absences (illness, TDY, etc.) must be made up. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for makeup work.

Anticipated Absences: Make arrangements for makeup work prior to absence. TDY orders may be presented to instructor or the Military Residence Center Administrator.
Unanticipated Absences: Arrangements for makeup work MUST be made at the next class meeting. Absences because of emergencies or illness MUST be reported to the instructor at either of the phone numbers listed on the first page of the syllabus.

Two (2) Unexcused Absences will cause a report to be made to the Military Residence Center Administrator. If a third unexcused absence occurs, the student will be dropped from the course.

X. ACADEMIC HONESTY

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Any occurrence will cause the student(s) involved to be dropped from the course.

XI. GRADING POLICY

A. Mid-term examination = 50% of final grade
B. Final examination = 50% of final grade


Letter grade will be computed as follows:

90 – 100-----A
80 – 89------B
70 – 79------C
60 – 69------D