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SO 315 Minority Group Relations
Shuler, George N.


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 Relations
SemesterF1O2004
FacultyShuler, George N.
TitleLMSW-ACP Adjunct Professor
Office LocationBldg 170 (Dr. Mary E. Walker Center) Community Mental Health Services P.O. Box 10509 Fort Irwin, California, 92310-0509
Daytime Phone760.380.3631 (Office)
Other Phone760-255-3104 (Home)
E-Mailgeorge.shuler@NW.AMEDD.army.mil; LyndonB1907@aol.com; George.Shuler@park.edu
SemesterF1O2004
Class Days--T----
Class Time5:30 - 11:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Parillo, Vincent N. STRANGERS TO THESE SHORES: RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2003.

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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor concurs with Park University's acknowledgement of "lifelong learning" in the Mission Statement above and recognizes a diversity of students by age, race, relationship status, and career among other variables. A program of education toward a Bachelor's Degree must, in my view, address the need to communicate in writing and the necessity of multifaceted analyses of situations. In many cases, students with experience in the workplace and in relationships as someone's spouse or significant other and as a parent, will be able to apply their personal experiences to theoretical bases addressed in class and class readings. Students' questions are welcome when presented with proper etiquette and at times planned classroom activities may take abrupt detours at the direction of the instructor and concurrance of the students. However, emphasis as always will be placed on students needing to read and write at an appropriate level. In addition to the textbook, the instructor will make available to students several supplementary readings, articles, and study guides. Class projects will address workplace issues and aspects of how the course material may be applied in the working environment.

Learning Outcomes:
The student will: 1. The student will be able to demonstrate effective communication involving discussion of social problems. 2. The student will demonstrate a self-awareness of his or her own strengths and weaknesses in communication and sensitivity to human diversity issues. 3. The student will be able to assess his or her own understanding of the impact of human diversity. 4. The student will gain cognizance of the impact of diversity on our institutions and services.

Grading:
Student Project, Issue Paper, Midterm Exam, and Final Exam grades will all be counted twice and pop quizzes, if any, and class participation grade will be counted once and averaged to determine final grade for course.
Grading Scale: 90-100+.........A 80-89...........B 70-79...........C 60-69...........D 59 and under....F

Late:
Materials must be submitted on time to receive full credit. Course Assessment: Midterm Examination, Final Examination, Course Project, and Issue Paper (each counted twice), class participation and pop quizzes (if any) (each counted once), added together and averaged comprise the end of course grade.

Conduct:
Attendence is of utmost importance and all absences must be apporved in advance except in extreme emergencies. Failure to attend more than two classes will result in administrative withdrawal and the grade of F.

 Class Activities
Meeting - 1
AUG 24
Introductions Review of syllabus and course requirements Chapter 1, The Study of Minorities Chapter 2, Culture and Social Structure
Meeting - 2
AUG 31
Chapter 3, Prejudice and Discrimination Chapter 4, Dominant-Minority Relations
Meeting - 3
SEPT 7
Chapter 5, Northern and Western Europeans Chapter 6, Southern, Central, and Eastern Europeans
Meeting - 4
SEPT 14
Class Presentations; Chapter 7, The Native Americans Chapter 8, East and Southeast Asian Americans
Meeting - 5
SEPT 21
Class Presentations; continued Chapter 9, Other Asian and Middle Eastern Americans Chapter 10, Black Americans Review for Midterm Examination
Meeting - 6
SEPT 28
Midterm Examination; Chapter 11, Hispanic Americans Chapter 12, Religious Minorities
Meeting - 7
OCT 5
Chapter 13, Women as a Minority Group Chapter 14, The Ever-Changing U.S. Mosaic; Review for Final Examination
Meeting - 8
OCT 12
Final Examination; Issue Papers due

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.  
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Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park University 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 the University.

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.
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Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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