SO 315 Minority Group Relations
FA 2007 HO
Hubbert, Paulette D.
MSW, LCSWCSAC IICPS
By appointment only
8/20/07 - 12/15/07
7:20 - 8:35 AM
Textbook: Parillo, V. N. (2006). Strangers to These Shores: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States, 8th. ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
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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 RubricGrading:
Personal Experience Essay - 4-6 page paper on the student's experience in visiting a group or culture different from the student's. This cultural experience could include attending a church, synagogue, mosque, women's group, ethnic festival, tour an ethnic gathering or interview a person from a culture different from your own. Needs to be a new experience from this semester, not an experience from the past. Has to be something student has not experienced before.
Debate - Each student will participate in a debate with 2 students on each side of the argument. See syllabus for topics. Students must demonstrate adequate knowledge of their assigned topic and must turn in a one page, typed summary/outline of their debate. This is to be turned in at the time of the debate.
Short essay - 2-3 pages - discussing the student's reaction and personal opinions of one of the quotes in the book And Don't Call Me Racist
Examinations (2) 20 points each = 40 points
Core Assessment - 25 points
Personal Experience Essay - 15 points
Debate - 10 points
Short Essay - 10 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the date indicated. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per day. The paper will not be accepted after the third day late. Contact instructor in a timely manner regarding any questions on any assignments.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Due to the sensitive nature of the material covered in this class, it is important that an environment conducive to open discussion of potentially uncomfortable and emotional issues be promoted. If any student feels they cannot adhere to any of these rules, they may want to consider another course. Any breech of these standards may impact the final grade. The following are the rules of conduct for this class:
1. Class attendance is imperative. Failure to attend class regularly means a student loses out on the valuable information provided by other students.
2. Tardiness is disruptive to the class and will result in points being deducted from the final grade.
3. Active participation is imperative in the classroom. In order to actively participate, the student must come to class prepared for that class. This means the reading needs to be completed.
4. All papers are to be written in 12-font, double-spaced, using APA style. Sources must be used and adequately cited. Wikipedia is not considered an appropriate source. If it is used it must be cited but it does not count for the number of sources.
5. Personal perspectives including differences will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.
6. Due to the sensitive material, courtesy and respect must be maintained at all times. This includes students not having private conversations while others are talking.
7. If a student's behavior in the classroom is disruptive, the instructor will allow the student an opportunity to correct the behavior without consequences. If the behavior continues to be disruptive, the student may be asked to leave the classroom and may be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.
8. In this class, we will be acknowledging that discrimination exists in many forms.
9. We will acknowledge that any critical discussion of the many "isms" involved in discrimination may mean that we need to recognize that we have learned and believed misinformation about our own respective groups as well as members of other groups.
10. We cannot be blamed for the misinformation we have learned, but we may be held responsible for propagating information that we know to be untrue or malicious.
11. We will actively pursue information about our own group and those of others.
12. We will share information about our own groups with other members of the class, and we will not demean, devalue, or in any way negate another's experience.
13. We each have an obligation to actively analyze, understand, and confront unjust and inaccurate stereotypes in the interest of domestic and international justice.
15. We will create a positive atmosphere for open discussion, even though learning may at times be frightening, painful or uncomfortable.
16. We will focus on the solution, not the individuals.
Introduction, review syllabus,
Begin Chapter One
Minorities: who are they, how do they become a minority
Culture: what is it, how does it effect us
Discuss book Don't Call Me a Racist
Short Essay due
Prejudice and Discrimination
How much does this impact us - developing insight
Debate Sep 6
Relationships between the dominant group and minority groups - how does this permeate our society
Debate Sep 13
Personal Essay due
Debate Sep 27
Native Americans - The invisible minority
Debate Oct 4
Finish up chapters one - seven
Debate Oct 25
Oct 30/Nov 1
Discussion of Secret Life of Bees
Debate Nov 8
Nov 20/22(Thanksgiving holiday Nov 22)
Women: Are they a minority
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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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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