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 RelationsSemesterF1A 2007 BEFacultyDarrah, KathleenTitleInstructor/Adjunct FacultyDegrees/CertificatesM.ED - School Psychology, Texas State UniversityBA - Psychology, UT AustinOffice LocationPark University, Austin, TexasDaytime Phone512-970-1015E-Mailkathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org@austin.rr.comSemester DatesAugust 20 - October 14, 2007Class Days--T-R--Class Time5:10 - 7:50 PMPrerequisitesNoneCredit Hours3Textbook: Schaeffer, Richard T.; "Racial and Ethnic Groups"; Pearson Prentice Hall; 11th ed.; 2008Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstoreTextbooks can be purchased through the Parkville BookstoreAdditional Resources: Instructor Handouts, Websites and Student Resources for class presentations.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/.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: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogue, class discussions, examinations, internet web sites, and writings.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
F1A 2007 BE
M.ED - School Psychology, Texas State UniversityBA - Psychology, UT Austin
Park University, Austin, Texas
August 20 - October 14, 2007
5:10 - 7:50 PM
Textbook: Schaeffer, Richard T.; "Racial and Ethnic Groups"; Pearson Prentice Hall; 11th ed.; 2008
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Instructor Handouts, Websites and Student Resources for class presentations.
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/.
Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogue, class discussions, examinations, internet web sites, and writings.
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: Class Assessment:
1. Completion of all READING ASSIGNMENTS.
2. Participation in CLASS DISCUSSIONS/Assignments.
3. Weekly quiz on current Reading Assignment.
4. Completion, presentation, and SUBMISSION OF A TERM PAPER (no more than 3500 words or approximately 15 pages) following the specific requirements outlined in the " CORE ASSESSMENT " section of this syllabus. TOPIC MUST APPROVED by the Instructor.
The student's final course grade will be based on a 100 POINT SCALE distributed as follows:
CHAPTER QUIZZES and CLASS PARTICIPATION..............15 pts.
CLASS PRESENTATION of TERM PAPER ........................10 pts.
TERM PAPER..................................................................75 pts.
MIDTERM EXAM..............................................................100 pts.
FINAL EXAM....................................................................100 pts.
The method of evaluating th e TOTAL POINTS EARNED and GRADES AWARDED will be according to the following scale:
270 - 300 pts. = A
240 - 269 pts. = B
210 - 239 pts. = C
180 - 209 pts. = D
179 or less = F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will receive a reduced grade unless otherwise arranged with the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Please turn off the sound of your electronic devices, treat each other with respect, let the instructor know if you are going to be late or absent from a class; or if prior notice cannot be given, notify the instructor as soon as possible following the class. Enjoy the learning process!
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Aug. 21 - Overview
Aug. 23 - Ch. 1 - "Understanding Race and Ethnicity"
Aug 28 - Ch. 2 - "Prejudice"
Aug 30 - Ch. 3 - "Discrimination"
Sept 4 - Ch. 4 - Immigration and the United States"
Sept 6 - Ch. 5 - "Ethnicity and Religion"
Sept 11 - Ch. 6 - "The Native Americans"
Sept 13 - Ch. 7 and 8 - "African Americans"
Sept 18 - Midterm Exam
Sept 20 - Ch. 9 and 10 - "Hispanic Americans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans"
Sept 25 - Ch. 11 - "Muslim and Arab Americans"
Sept 27 - Ch. 12 and 13 - "Asian Americans"
Oct. 2 - Ch. 14 and 15 - "Jewish Americans and Women"
Oct. 4 - Ch. 16 and 17 - "Beyond the US/Overcoming Exclusion"
Oct 9 - Term Paper Presentations to Class/Submit Term Paper to Instructor
Oct. 11 - Final Exam/Finish Class Presentations/Wrap-up
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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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