SO315 Minority Group Relations

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Minority Group Relations

Park Accelerated - Downtown Fall 1, 2004

COURSE TITLE: Minority Group Relations
INSTRUCTOR: S.L. Sartain, Ed.S.
PHONE: 816.842.6182
TERM DATES: August 23, 2004 to October 17, 2004
MEETING TIME: Mondays, 5:30-9:50 pm
SITE: Park Accelerated Programs - Downtown Campus

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.

GOALS OF THE COURSE: To instill awareness and to increase understanding of current issues in minority group relations by examining the patterns and causes of prejudice and discrimination, and the history and current status of groups in American society which have been subjected to discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex or religion.

After completing this course, students should be able to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

COURSE ARRANGEMENTS: Course arrangements will consist of, but are not limited to, lectures, guest speakers, class discussions, video films and audio presentations as well as in-class group projects.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 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.

TEXTBOOK LIST: Richard Schaefer. Racial and Ethnic Groups, 9th edition, 2004.

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE: Students are expected to have completed all reading assignments and be prepared to discuss the readings prior to the beginning of class.






Chapters 1 and 2



Chapters 3, 4 and 5 Quiz, News Article



Chapters 6, 7 and 8 Quiz, News Article



Chapters 9 &10 Quiz, News Article



Chapters 11 &12  Quiz, News Article



Chapters 13,14, & 15   

 Quiz, News Article



Chapters 16

 News Article



Project presentation




CLASS POLICIES: The following class policies have been established by Park University, and are available to students to review in the Park University Undergraduate Catalog 2004-2005.

        Academic Honesty: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park 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. Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

        Attendance Policy: “Students are expected to attend each and every schedule meeting of all courses in which they are enrolled and to be present for the full class period. Absenteeism and tardiness, regardless of cause, are a threat to academic achievement. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g., illness, death in the family, work assignments, temporary duty) may be excused at the determination of the instructor; however, “excused” students absent from classes are responsible for all materials covered during the class period. The student is also subject to appropriate consequences, as described by instructor in the syllabus. A student who has two consecutive “unexcused” absences will be withdrawn from class. To comply with Federal regulations, instructors must keep a written record of attendance for every student. An incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for the course.”  Students who are absent, regardless of reason, will not be able to “make up” points lost due to lack of participation and attendance.

        Late Submission of Course Material: 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.

GRADING POLICY: The final course grade will be determined using the following formula:

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



100 points

Final Presentation

200 points

News Article

60 points


60 points


80 points

Total Points Possible

500 points




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