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SO 315 Minority Group Relations
Gadberry, James H.


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Course

SO 315 Minority Group Relations

Semester

F2T 2008 DLA

Faculty

Gadberry, James H.

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Oklahoma State University
MS University of Central Arkansas
BS Park University

Daytime Phone

256 278-9277

E-Mail

james.gadberry@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Parrillo, V.N. (2009). Strangers to these shores: Race and ethnic relations in the United States. (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN:  0-205-58557-4 and ISBN 13: 978-0-205-58557-1.

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.)

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Course Description:
SO315 (HS315) Minority Group Relations (LL): 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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Examine the patterns and causes of prejudice and discrimination, and interpret the consequences for individuals and societies.
  5. Explain how social institutions, such as economic, political, educational, and cultural systems, are created or adapted to perpetuate disadvantage among minority group members.
  6. 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.
  7. Explore, apply, and evaluate common responses by minority groups to discrimination, including assimilation, accommodation, separatism, and radicalism.
  8. 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


Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)


 


GENERAL NOTES


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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

Reading Assignments

Students are expected to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, the weekly lectures and any online articles displayed that week. The online discussions and activities, weekly quizzes, journal Assignments, group project,core assessment essay, and Final Exam assume you have read the assigned readings.

Weekly Discussion and Peer Responses
 
Initial Discussion Responses: There is a Discussion link in each of the Weekly Menus You will need to make one (1) initial discussion response to one (1) of the questions posted in either of the discussion topic threads each week. Post a response of at least 200 words in one of the weekly discussion threads (A or B).  The post should refer to concepts/ideas found in your weekly readings (text, online lecture, or assigned online reading). Use APA citation format to cite the information you incorporate into your response that comes from your sources. If you are not familiar with APA format or need a refresher, use the link under Course Home called APA Tutorials. This will give you basic guidance for citing in this format. NOTE: Weekly Discussion Responses should be completed by Thursday Midnight MST in order to receive full credit and give your classmates the opportunity to respond to your posting.

Peer Responses: Post two (2) Peer Responses to classmate's postings. You must post one in each discussion thread (A and B) to receive full credit. Each peer response should be approximately 100 words but quality is desired over quantity. Your peer responses need to go beyond agreement with your classmate. Each peer response should contain either a personal application/example that relates to the topic or an application/example taken from current events in the news or your community. Your peer response should attempt to add to and advance the discussion and should not be just a restatement of what someone else has said. Specific examples and applications receive more credit than generalized/vague statements.  You are not required to reference the text or other readings or to use APA format in your peer responses, but you are encouraged to do so. NOTE: Weekly Peer Responses must be completed by Sunday Midnight MST. Discussion threads close each week at that time. Late discussion is not accepted. 
 
Peer Responses can be done at any time during the week before the Sunday midnight deadline. Detailed information on the requirements for your Discussion Response and your two Peer Responses are located in Course Guidelines. Your Discussion Response and Peer Responses will be graded according to the Weekly Discussion Rubric.
Successful completion of Weekly Discussion and Peer Responses is worth 25 points or 25 x 8 Weeks = 200 total points possible for the term.

Weekly Activities (Weeks 1- 3)

Week 1 Activity is a non-graded combination introduction/icebreaker in which you introduce yourself to your instructor and fellow classmates. Week 2 Activity is a graded research/peer activity in which you locate and summarize a peer-reviewed journal article from the McAfee Library Online and peer review one done by one of your classmates (25 points) Week 3 Activity is an online scavenger hunt/virtual tour of online data sites that are useful (25 points).

Group Project (Weeks 4-5)

A two part group project will be completed during weeks 4-5. You will be divided into small groups of 5 for this project. Each group will simulate an admissions committee at a hypothetical prestigious university and will choose which candidates from an applicant pool you will admit to your university. The project is worth 50 points.

Weekly Journal Assignments (Weeks 1-8)

The purpose of the weekly journal assignment is personal reflection and application of the weekly material. These weekly entries give you the opportunity to integrate your ideas with some of the content needed for your Core Assessment Essay. In your essay, you will be asked to write about how your group identity has affected your individual identity and life chances (probabilities of benefiting from the opportunities our society offers). You will want to consider and write about ways in which weekly concepts and issues are relevant to you personally and also think about how you might integrate this information into your paper. Journal entries for weeks 1-6 will focus on these objectives. Your entry for week 7 will reflect on your experiences in writing your essay, and your entry for week 8 will reflect your overall experience in the course. The successful completion of each Weekly Journal Assignment is worth 20 points or 20 x 8 Weeks = 160 total points possible for the term.

Weekly Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)

Each week includes a quiz over the material presented that week. Quizzes consist of 20 objective questions worth 1 point each. There are 7 quizzes worth 20 points or 20 x 7 weeks = 140 total points possible for the term. Quizzes are timed at 30 minutes. There is no quiz in week 8 due to the final exam.

Core Assessment Essay (Due Week 6)

This is the major paper you will write in this course. A core assessment means that the paper is designed to measure your mastery of at least 3/4 of the core learning outcomes. It is so important, that it has its own content menu item in Course Home. Please review the instructions for writing this paper carefully. Your weekly journal assignments have been structured around what you will be writing in this essay. If you do a good job on those and keep up with your journal entries, you should have a solid basis for your core assessment essay. The essay is worth 200 points and is due at the end of Week 6.

Final Proctored Exam (Week 8)

The final exam for this course will be a closed book, comprehensive exam worth 200 points or 20% of your grade. No one will be allowed to pass this course without taking the final exam. The final exam is to be scheduled during the 8th week of the course. Make certain that you schedule your exam during the designated dates. This course provides an online final exam option, which means you may take your exam online in the classroom from the proctoring site if your proctor has Internet access.
 
It is your responsibility to arrange for a proctor who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. You must submit the request and have your proctor approved by Friday of Week 6. Approval of proctors is at the discretion of the online instructor. If you live within 2 hours of a Park University site, you will be expected to arrange for a proctor there and should make every effort to take your exam there. If you are not close enough to a Park University site, you will need to arrange for an approved proctor outside of Park University. A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first or second week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Grading:
 

Grading Criteria for Course Requirements:

Requirement

Due Date

% of Grade

Weekly Discussion, Online Activities, Journal Assignment, and Weekly Quizzes

Weekly Sunday Midnight MST

55%

Group Project

Sunday Midnight MST End of Week 5

5%

Core Assessment Essay

Sunday Midnight MST End of Week 6

20%

Final Exam

Week Eight

20%

Course Grading Scale:

Grade of A Assigned

90- 100 %

900-1000 Total Points

Grade of B Assigned

80 - 89%

800 - 899 Total Points

Grade of C Assigned

70 - 79%

700 - 799 Total Points

Grade of D Assigned

60 - 69%

600 - 699 Total Points

Grade of F Assigned

Below 60%

Below 600 Total Points

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Learners are to treat each other and the instructor with consideration and respect. No offensive or inflammatory remarks or personal attacks will be tolerated. If you have a complaint/difference of opinion with the instructor on an issue, you are encouraged to contact the instructor via email or phone. Please do not use the discussion threads for posting messages other than that related to the content of the course and especially not to "air your differences." Inappropriate, offensive, or plagiarized postings in the class discussion threads may be copied for documentation purposes and then removed from the classroom.  A student who posts anything offensive or who posts plagiarized material will receive one warning. If the inappropriate behavior persists, a report will be sent to Onlinestudents and an Academic Director will be contacted. A student may be removed from the online classroom for failure to follow these rules of conduct. If you have personal comments or topics to discuss with classmates, please do this in the Multicultural Cafe provided for this purpose.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends at midnight the following Sunday. The eCollege classroom is set to MST. Weekly discussion threads are timed to end at midnight MST each week. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday Midnight MST of the week assigned. They should be posted in the classroom or placed in the appropriate Dropbox basket as directed. Please note that this means if you are in a different time zone you must figure out by what time you need to post in your own time zone in order to make the midnight MST deadline. Your intial Discussion Response should be posted by Thursday midnight MST in any given week in order to give classmates an opportunity to respond to your thoughts and ideas. Class assignments should not be emailed to the instructor. The eCollege platform eliminates the necessity of sending papers, exams, and other assignments via email. You simply place your assignment in the appropriate area of the classroom or in the designated dropbox basket for that assignment. The time you submit your assignment is noted in the classroom. It is graded there, and the grade is posted to the gradebook. You will be able to track your progress throughout the course by going to the Gradebook.

Word Processor Documents

Students are asked to complete their assignments in some version of MS Word. Even though the eCollege classroom can accept MS Works, Word Perfect, or other types of files, be advised that your instructor may not be able to accept them. You should also keep this in mind in terms of being able to share documents with other students in the classroom. If you do not have MS Word and your documents are not compatible, you will have to save and submit your documents as RTF files. If you are using MS Word 2007, please save your document in an earlier version of Word. These still need to be submitted as attachments that can be placed in the Dropbox basket or uploaded to the document sharing or discussion areas of the classroom. Students should keep electronic file copies of all assignments submitted until after the end of the term and grades have been received. NOTE: There is a time out feature for the eCollege classroom. If you are composing a response and are not moving around in the classroom, your session may time out after a period of time has gone by. When you go to submit your assignment, it may not submit and will "disappear" into cyberspace. For this reason, you should always compose and save your postings in a word processing program and then copy/paste them into the editor when you want to post them.

Computer Literacy

Students are expected to have frequent access to a PC with a modem and web browser and reliable Internet access. Computer literacy (ability to set up files, familiarity with search engines and browsing the Internet, and experience with downloading files) is expected. You are also expected to familiarize yourself with the features of the eCollege classroom by reviewing the Student Orientation Tutorial (CDL 300) made available to you on the Academics PSH Page. This is the page that lists the links to courses in which you are currently enrolled after you login at http://www.parkonline.org. This tutorial should appear under the heading "Special Courses" at the top of that page. If you have difficulty accessing certain features of the classroom, this may be due to the existence of a firewall or other security features on your computer. If you need help using the course tools (Gradebook, Drop Box, Discussion Threads) in the eCollege classroom, you can access that help by clicking on HELP icon at the upper right corner of the Course Home Page.

Pirate Mail

All students are given a Pirate Mail email account when they register for online courses. Your Pirate Mail address is the one your instructor is given and is the email address the instructor uses to contact you. You should make a habit of checking your Pirate Mail account frequently for messages from your instructor. You must have and utilize a Pirate Mail address for this course. You may have your email forwarded from Pirate Mail to another email account if you choose, but all official Park University correspondence will come to you via your Pirate Mail account. If you have your mail forwarded from Pirate Mail to another account, it is a good idea to check the option to have a copy of each email saved in Pirate Mail. This ensures that you have a copy of all email sent to you. Forwarding mail is not always reliable. When emailing the instructor, please email from your Pirate Mail account and make sure that you put SO315, your last name, and your student ID number in the subject line of your email. Example: SO315 Smith 493221.
 
Course Announcements

Weekly reminders and other important announcements will be made in the Announcements section on the Home Page of the course (very top). Weekly announcments are posted at the beginning of each week. Other announcements may be added as necessary. Students are expected to look for new announcements each time they enter the online classroom. It is your responsibility to know the information contained in these announcements.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 6, 7, 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
•  Critically, creatively and thoroughly evaluates at least 7 well-selected course materials, and develops more than 1 application or conclusion for each, as used in the assignment.  Identifies and successfully defends at least 2 strengths and weaknesses for each.  All critical evaluation is justified and supported through well-crafted reason and evidence.  Goes beyond assignment expectations in the quantity and quality of critical evaluation.
•  Justifies all arguments through the integrated application of comprehensive and detailed critical reasoning and scientific evidence.  Displays significant creativity and initiative.
•  Reflexively and creatively evaluates at least 3 strengths and 3 weakness of their own and at least 3 others' assumptions, arguments, analyses, conclusions, and applications.
 
•  Critically evaluates appropriate selected course materials, and at least 5 outside academic sources appropriate to the assignment and an upper division course.  Identifies both the strengths and weaknesses of each major concept or position, and justifies their evaluation through reason and evidence.
•  Justifies most arguments (all but 1 or 2) through the integrated application of appropriate and sufficiently detailed critical reasoning and scientific evidence.
•  Reflexively identifies at least 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses of their own and at least 2 others' assumptions, arguments, analyses, conclusions, and applications.
 
•  Demonstrates little critical evaluation (no more than 3 or 4 attempts), or such evaluation presented is inappropriate to the assignment or topic.  Fails to offer a balanced evaluation of some concepts or positions.  Fails to consistently explain and justify their reasons or evidence for all points.
•  Justifies no more than 3 or 4 of their arguments in an appropriate manner.  Fails to integrate appropriate and sufficiently detailed critical reasoning or scientific evidence for each major point.
•  Fails to demonstrate critical reflexivity, or presents biased arguments against those positions with which they disagree or for those arguments or evidence that supports their pre-existing biases.
•  May even demonstrate critical thinking skills, but they are used in the “weak sense” and work only to support their foregone (biased) conclusions.
 
•  Demonstrates no critical evaluation — or makes 3 or more major, or many minor, critical errors.  Modes of evaluation are inappropriate to the assignment and level of an upper division course.  Arguments are unbalanced and demonstrably biased.
•  Fails to offer any appropriate justification for arguments.  Uses little critical reasoning or scientific evidence, none at all, or such reasons and evidence is wholly inappropriate.
•  Is not appreciably critical or reflexive, and may evidence merely seeking to confirm their pre-existing opinions without subjecting them to critical testing.
 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
4, 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
•  Displays particular judgment in selecting and integrating more than 5 outside academic sources (in excess of assignment requirements).
•  Integrates, compares and contrasts differing sources and perspectives without error and in creative and especially effective ways.
•  Incorporates sources from popular or mainstream media or personal experience (in addition to those above) as particularly apt illustrations of course content and other outside academic resources.
•  Draws several accurate, justified, and creative connections among multiple concepts and sources consistently at or above the level of an upper division course.
 
•  Correctly integrates a at least 5 outside academic sources appropriate to the assignment and to an upper division course.
•  Integrates, compares and contrasts differing sources and perspectives with no major errors and more than a few minor errors.
•  May also incorporate sources from popular or mainstream media (in addition to those above), but correctly distinguishes between scientific and non-scientific outside sources, as appropriate, and uses the latter only for illustration and not justification.
•  Draws at least 5 accurate and justified connections among multiple concepts and sources.
 
•  Attempts to integrate at least 4 outside academic sources, but does so with 1 major error or with several minor errors.  Or incorporates outside sources with little or no attempt at their integration or synthesis.  Or with attempts at synthesis not consistently meeting the level of an upper division course.
•  Insufficient integration, comparison or contrast of differing sources and perspectives with 1 major, or several minor, errors.  Or includes only sources on one side of an issue where there is legitimate and obvious disciplinary disagreement.
•  Evidences little, if any, discernment between academic and popular sources.
•  Draws fewer that 5 connections among concepts and sources.  May contain 1 serious error or several minor errors.
 
•  Little, if any, attempt to integrate outside academic sources (no more than 4 sources).  Contains more than 1 major error or many minor errors.  No significant attempt at synthesis appropriate to an upper division course.
•  No significant comparison or contrast among sources and perspectives.  May demonstrate 2 or more major errors or many minor ones.
•  Evidences no discernment between academic and popular sources.
•  Draws fewer than 5 connections among concepts and sources, and those attempts contain 2 or more major errors, or many minor ones.
 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 4, 5, 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
•  Demonstrates exceptional command of a full range of concepts and theoretical perspectives presented in the course, with more than 5 well-developed examples.  Introduces at least 2 additional relevant findings or theoretical and conceptual distinctions.
•  Exceptional analysis of a wide range of appropriate course materials (more than 5) and outside sources (more than 2) beyond the assignment guidelines and without error.
• Presents creative and sophisticated reason, logical justification, and exceptionally high evidentiary standards consistently at or beyond the level of an upper division course.
 
•  Demonstrates sufficient command of appropriate concepts and theoretical perspectives presented in the course, and successfully uses at least 5 course concepts.
•  Successfully analyzes at least 5 appropriately selected course materials, and least 2 outside sources, without major error.
•  Identifies and exemplifies forms of reason, justification and evidentiary standards appropriate to the level of an upper division course.
 
•  Demonstrates insufficient command of appropriate concepts and theoretical perspectives at the level of an upper division course, insufficiently or unsuccessfully use the chosen analytic tools, or chooses inappropriate analytic tools.
•  Analysis of appropriate selected course materials contains 1 major error or several minor ones.  May not attempt significant (or any) analysis of outside materials or examples.
•  Uses some inappropriate reason, evidence or justification.
 
•  Fails to demonstrate any sufficient command of appropriate concepts and theoretical perspectives.  Fails to sufficiently or successfully use their chosen analytic tools.  Chooses some inappropriate analytic tools.
•  Analysis of inappropriate course materials or contains at least 2 major errors or many minor ones.  No attempt at analysis of outside materials or examples.
•  Uses inappropriate, insufficient, or unjustified reason or evidence.
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3, 6, 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
•  Demonstrates and justifies exceptional command of factual course materials (more than 4 instances).  Creatively and effectively employs more than 2 salient outside examples.
•  Creatively and consistently applies course materials to 3 or more relevant personal, social, and historical examples without error.
•  Creatively, effectively, and illustrates and supports all points through well-chosen and integrated relevant examples, details, and supporting information consistently at or above the level of an upper division course.
 
•  Demonstrates and justifies sufficient command of factual materials presented in the course (at least 4 instances), and at least 2 outside sources.
•  Applied course materials to at least 3 appropriate personal, social, or historical examples without major error.
•  Provides adequate illustration and support of all points through salient and relevant examples, details, and supporting information at the level of an upper division course.
 
•  Demonstrates insufficient command of factual course materials (fewer than 4 instances).  Fails to meaningfully incorporate outside examples.  Does not consistently or adequately justify their inclusion.
•  Inappropriate or insufficient (fewer than 3) personal, social, or historical examples.  Any applications, such as there are, may contain 1 major error or several minor errors.
•  Provides inadequate illustration and support of a few key points (no more than 4) or several minor ones.  Examples, details, and supporting information is often tangential or its connection is incompletely explained and justified.
 
•  Fails to demonstrate meaningful command of factual course materials.  Rarely justifies their inclusion or makes serious and consistent omissions (more than 2).
•  Lacks meaningful, relevant, or significant personal, social, or historical examples, or those provided are completely inappropriate to the assignment.  May contain more than 2 major errors or many minor errors in application.
•  Provides little, if any, support for even key points.  Examples, details, and supporting information is lacking, irrelevant, or unexplained.
 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
•  Goes beyond the strictures of the assignment through the use of exceptionally precise, accurate and expressive language chosen for a well-defined audience.  May even successfully integrate the needs of multiple audiences.
•  Is exceptionally well organized, unified, focused, flowing, or has a particularly well-suited opening and closing.  Nuanced and precise control of language.
•  Presents a balanced and thoughtful treatment of controversial research or policy issues, even as it clearly communicates an advocated position.
•  Utilizes technical terminology from the course and outside reseaarch in an advanced, nuanced, and precise manner consistently at or exceeding the level of an upper division course.
 
•  Responds fully and completely to the assignment using appropriate, direct language and expresses its purpose clearly and persuasively for the needs of a defined audience.
•  Well-organized, unified, focused, flowing, and opens and closes effectively.
•  Presents one side of controversial research or policy issues well and completely, and makes a serious (though perhaps not completely successful) effort to communicate alternatives.
•  Correctly utilizes technical language from the course and outside research in a manner appropriate to the assignment and level of the course.
 
•  Fails to respond fully or completely to the assignment.  Language is sometimes inappropriate, flaccid, or confusing and does not express its purpose clearly and persuasively.  Audience is undefined or inconsistent.
•  Lacks some organization or unified argument.  May be slightly unfocused.  Has significant problem with flow or effective opening and closing passages.
•  Evidences bias or makes little effort to communicate serious alternatives.
•  Has 1 or more major, or, more than a few minor, terminological errors.
 
•  Falls significantly short of the assignment strictures.  Language is often inappropriate, flaccid, and confusing, and does not express a clear or persuasive purpose.  No clear sense of audience.
•  Is disorganized, disjointed, unfocused, or stilted.  Unsuccessful or lacking in its opening and closing.
•  Evidences significant bias.  Makes no effort to communicate serious alternatives or digresses into mere opinion or ideology.
• Has 2 or more major, or many minor, terminological errors.
 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
•  Has no errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, structure and format.
• Evidences literacy, numeracy, rhetorical, and information processing skills at or beyond the level of an upper division course.
•  Completely and correctly acknowledges and documents (through in text citations and an accompanying references section) all directly and indirectly used sources.
•  No errors in the application of relevant portions of APA format.
 
•  Has no more than 1 major error, and no more than a few minor errors, in spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, structure and format.
•  Evidences basic literacy, numeracy, rhetorical, and information processing skills appropriate to the level of an upper division course.
•  Consistently, but not completely acknowledges and documents (through in text citations and an accompanying references section) all directly used sources.  May evidence no more than 3 minor problems with indirect attribution or a few small errors in reference format.
•  1 or a few minor errors in the application of relevant portions of APA format.
 
• Has 2 or more major, or more than a few minor, errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, structure and format.
•  Incompletely or inconsistently displays literacy, numeracy, rhetorical, and information processing skills at the level of an upper division course.  May include up to 2 major errors or a few minor ones.
•  Incompletely or inconsistently acknowledges and documents (through in text citations and an accompanying references section) all directly used sources.  May evidence 1 major problem, or a few minor problems, with indirect attribution or several errors in reference format.
•  1 major error, or a few minor errors, in the application of relevant portions of APA format.
 
• Has 3 or more major, or many minor, errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, structure and format.
• Has 2 or more major errors, or many minor errors, in literacy, numeracy, rhetorical, or information processing skills, or fails to demonstrate most of these at the level of an upper division course.
• Has 2 or more major errors, or many minor errors, in acknowledging and documenting citations and references.  May evidence 2 or more major problems with indirect attribution or may misattribute sources.  Reference and citation format is inconsistent or incorrect.
•  More than 2 major error, or several minor errors, in the application of relevant portions of APA format.
 
INTERDISCIPLINARY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Demonstrates ability to analyze and evaluate the social history of American inter-group relations with no significant or noticeable errors. Demonstrates ability to analyze and evaluate the social history of American inter-group relations with only a few minor and no major errors. Does not demonstrate a successful or consistent ability to analyze and evaluate the social history of American inter-group relations. Contains 1 or 2 major errors or several minor ones. Fails to demonstrate an appreciable ability to analyze and evaluate the social history of American inter-group relations. Contains more than 2 major errors and omissions, or many minor errors and omissions. 
CONTEMPORARY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Demonstrates ability to analyze and evaluate current issues in minority group relations with no significant or noticeable errors. Demonstrates ability to analyze and evaluate current issues in minority group relations with only a few minor and no major errors. Does not demonstrate a successful or consistent ability to analyze and evaluate current issues in minority group relations. Contains 1 or 2 major errors or several minor ones. Fails to demonstrate an appreciable ability to analyze and evaluate current issues in minority group relations. Contains more than 2 major errors and omissions, or many minor errors and omissions. 

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