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 RelationsSemesterF1B 2006 BLFacultyJohn Butler Jr.TitleAdjunct FacultyDegrees/CertificatesPhD, SociologyMA, Human Resources DevelopmentBS, SociologyDaytime Phone915.887.2064Other Phone915.252.6374E-Mailjohn.email@example.com@aol.comWeb Pagehttp:// N/ASemester DatesJuly 31, 2006 - September, 23 2006Class Days-----SClass Time8:00 AM - 1:00 PMCredit Hours3Textbook: Vincent N. Portillo, Strangers To These Shores, 8th Edition, ISBN 0-205-45763-0Additional Resources: As required or required by students to complete projects and reading assignments.McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.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. 3:0:3Educational Philosophy: Our goal is to provide students with a basic foundation and advance knowledge for engaging in meaningful dialogue about Discrimination and race relations in the United States of America. We will use examinations, presentations, small and large group discussions, and audio visuals in the learning process. We will create and maintain a classroom environment that stimulates a desire to participate and learn. We will engage in provocative and interactive discussions relating to human group relations and behavior. We will also facilitate controversal discussion pertaining to minority and dominant majority relations.Learning Outcomes: Core Learning OutcomesExplain how majority (dominant) and minority (subordinate) groups are defined and how those definitions are commonly justified, internalized by members of both, and manipulated for relative advantage.Know the historical development, current importance, and likely future developments in socially significant minorities, such as those based on “race” and ethnicity, history and geography, culture and religion, gender or sex, privilege, birth, and so forth; and critically assess how those definitions are created and applied.Know the social history of American migration patterns and how they were shaped by power, status, and access to other resources; and compare and contrast this history with those of other areas and times.Examine the patterns and causes of prejudice and discrimination, and interpret the consequences for individuals and societies.Explain how social institutions, such as economic, political, educational, and cultural systems, are created or adapted to perpetuate disadvantage among minority group members.Evaluate the history and current status of groups in American society that have been subjected to systematic discrimination, including African Americans, Native Americans, and other specific ethnic and religious groups.Explore, apply, and evaluate common responses by minority groups to discrimination, including assimilation, accommodation, separatism, and radicalism.Analyze and evaluate current issues in minority group relations; and apply your theoretical and social historical knowledge to specific minority group struggles in the present day, and to extrapolate their likely trajectories.Core Assessment:
SO315: MINORITY GROUP RELATIONS
SO 315 Minority Group Relations
F1B 2006 BL
John Butler Jr.
PhD, SociologyMA, Human Resources DevelopmentBS, Sociology
July 31, 2006 - September, 23 2006
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Textbook: Vincent N. Portillo, Strangers To These Shores, 8th Edition, ISBN 0-205-45763-0
Additional Resources: As required or required by students to complete projects and reading assignments.
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Educational Philosophy: Our goal is to provide students with a basic foundation and advance knowledge for engaging in meaningful dialogue about Discrimination and race relations in the United States of America. We will use examinations, presentations, small and large group discussions, and audio visuals in the learning process. We will create and maintain a classroom environment that stimulates a desire to participate and learn. We will engage in provocative and interactive discussions relating to human group relations and behavior. We will also facilitate controversal discussion pertaining to minority and dominant majority relations.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
The Core Assessment assignment for this class will be a major essay that integrates, analyzes, applies, and critiques several sociological concepts and research findings from this course individually, together, and with additional sources from your own literature review and archival study.
You must incorporate the findings from at least five outside sources of original academic research in this essay. You may also include additional sources for examples or background information, but only reputable, peer-reviewed academic sources will count toward the reference requirements of your essays. This means that magazines, newspapers, professional periodicals, or internet sources are only appropriate for examples and illustrations in this project — if you have any questions as to whether a specific source is acceptable for your essay, you should ask your instructor rather than guess. Also, focus on articles or books presenting original research or theories, not on those reviewing others' works or editorializing about opposing approaches. Reference works, textbooks, and literature reviews are all excellent places to begin your search, but you must find and read the original in order to develop your own reaction. Ask your instructor for source approval if in doubt.
You should also consider incorporating relevant and reputable statistical and other social scientific data collected by researchers, governments, and other agencies and organizations. A wealth of such archived data is publicly accessible through the Internet, and their use can help you better understand your issue and develop a stronger analysis and critique. Again, if in doubt, ask your instructor for approval of your data source.
If you do not properly cite those external sources that contributed to your work, then you are guilty of plagiarism. This will not be tolerated and may result in immediate and serious academic penalties. If you have any questions as to when and how to use citations and references in you essays, please contact your instructor. Your final essay will also be formatted according to the relevant portions of the American Psychological Association Style Guide. The main text of your essay will consist of no more than 3,500 words (or about fifteen pages). While it possible to construct a successful essay in fewer words, this assignment is comprehensive and detailed enough that most students will find it a challenge to successfully address all of its points in the allotted space. Begin work on your essay early and leave plenty of time for revision to assure the best possible grade.
SO315 CORE ASSESSMENT
Select one identity group that is now or has historically been a minority or subordinated group in the United States. Your group may be a “minority” based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual identity or preference, or some other characteristic or combination of characteristics (but you must receive your instructor's permission before beginning your project).
Briefly summarize the history of that group in this country, and the dominant group's response to their presence. Compare and contrast that group's characteristics and sense of identity with those ascribed to them by the mainstream. Describe the group's primary strategy or strategies for carving their niche in American society (i.e., assimilation, accommodation, separatism, or radicalism), and the dominant group's responses to those strategies. Discuss the degree to which the minority group has (and had) a cohesive identity. Analyze how and why the subordinated and dominant groups adopted these particular strategies. What inaccurate stereotypes does the dominant group tend to have about the minority, and vice versa? Use the conceptual and theoretical tools of the course and your outside sources to clarify and enrich your analysis.
Discuss and evaluate the personal and group consequences of this minority status for both the subordinated and dominant groups. Discuss specific types of prejudice and discrimination directed toward the minority group. Examine and evaluate the minority group's strategy for advancing within the larger society's opportunity structure. Evaluate the relative success of these strategies, compare and contrast them with other appropriate groups, and argue whether another approach might be more successful, especially given the possible differences in culture, ethics, and goals between the minority and majority groups. Justify and support your conclusions. Explain how specific social scientific theories and research helps you to draw these conclusions. Why?
Now that you have a clearer and more defensible understanding of the evidence and the mechanisms at work, discuss the prospects for this group over the next two decades. Defend and justify your conclusions. What shared strategies and individual decisions would help guide this group in the most generally useful and beneficial direction? Defend and justify your conclusions.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Mid-Term and Final Examination will be administered. A data collection project will be used to address the research question. Student group presentation to the class will be used to share information learned from the data collection project. Topics for research question will be selected from a list developed by the instructor.
Mid-Term Examination 25% (50 points) of final grade; Final Examination 25% (50 points) of final grade; Data Collection and Group Presentation 50% (100 points) of final grade.
Final Grade Point Schema: 180 - 200 = A; 160 - 179 = B; 140 - 159 = C; 120 - 139 = D; 110 - 119 = F
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are expected to be punctual in completing all class assignments. Late submissions are considered unacceptable. Unexecused late submissions of any assignment is unacceptable and will result up to a 21 point deduction in students numerical score.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. We will respect our fellow student at all times.2. Be prepared to engage in classroom discussions.3. Attendance will be observed at each class meeting.
Please read your textbook
Week 1 Chapters 1, 2, and 3 - Lecture and Discussion
Week 2 Chapters 4, and 5 - Lecture and Discussion
Week 3 Chapters 6, and 7 - Lecture and Discussion
Week 4 Chapter 7 Mid-Course Student Evaluation
Week 5 Chapters 8, and 9 - Lecture, Presentations (Graduating Senior Week)
Week 6 Chapters 10, 11, and 12 - Lecture, presentations, and Discussion
Week 7 Final Student Evaluationand Student Presentations. All papers due
Week 8 Student Presentation, Lecture, and Closure
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89n/a
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 87n/a
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90n/a
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