SO 315 Minority Group Relations
F2T 2008 DLA
Gadberry, James H.
PhD Oklahoma State UniversityMS University of Central ArkansasBS Park University
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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Additional Resources: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.)
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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 RubricClass Assessment:
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 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 Criteria for Course Requirements:
% of Grade
Weekly Discussion, Online Activities, Journal Assignment, and Weekly Quizzes
Weekly Sunday Midnight MST
Sunday Midnight MST End of Week 5
Core Assessment Essay
Sunday Midnight MST End of Week 6
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 600 Total Points
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Word Processor Documents
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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.
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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.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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Last Updated:10/7/2008 3:33:28 PM