EDU310 Issues in Diversity and World Cultures

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EDU 310 Issues in Diversity and WorldCultures


FA 2009 HOB


Kasperbauer, Kimberly


Asst Professor

Office Location

227 Copley Hall

Office Hours

M, W: 10-2; T: 2:30-3:30

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours



Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Fadiman, A. (1997) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.

·        Additional course readings will be supplemented throughout the semester. If not provided in class or on the course website, these readings will be on reserve at the McAfee Library.

Recommended Course Textbook:

Gollnick, Donna M., Chinn, Philip C. Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.


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1.      Decide the Contract Period and fee for which you will be paying. Minimally, you must purchase a contract which extends to the year you expect to graduate, however some students purchase a contract extending one year beyond graduation. 

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2.      Send an email to Carol Williams ( with the following information:

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·        The Contract Period you wish to purchase

·        Your student identification number

3.      Within a few days, you will receive from Foliotek an email with online purchasing information. Upon receipt of this email, purchase your Foliotek contract.

4.      Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive your login information. You must then send a final email to Carol Williams (, requesting she provide your current education professors and a academic advisor (list them) access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!


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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.
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Course Description:
EDU310 (MLL) Issues in Diversity & World Culture: This course deals with issues of, equity and justice in education including gender, race, class, age, and non native English speakers while emphasizing the cultural diversity found in schools. Students will be exposed to educational situations that exemplify diversity, while reflecting on and grappling with such difficult subjects as religion, cultural competence, ethnocentricity, sexual orientation, and white privilege. Students are expected to engage in deep reflection and critical analysis of society and the impact of diversity in the school setting. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

In a safe, supportive environment which fosters collaboration, critical thinking, group and individual problem-solving and especially honest, open reflection, all students learn to apply newly learned theories and concepts of the subject at hand to the practice of teaching in a practical, efficient way.

Class Assessment:

Student learning will be assessed by way of a final paper project; online journaling and online class discussions based on supplementary readings, a written reflection and shared discussion of a volunteer experience; written reflections and discussion of assigned books; 2 quizzes; 2 class debates; 2 short presentations with accompanying handouts; and by way of attendance and participation, which includes a number of in-class assignments that may not be made up in case of absence.


                       A = 720-800 points                C = 560-639 points

B = 640-719 points                 D = 480-559 points


Online Discussion                                             120 pts                                     15%

Attendance and Participation                             200 pts                                     25%

Final Paper (Take Home Essay Exam)            160 pts                                     20%

Outreach Experience                                        40 pts                                        5%

Book Review I                                     80 pts                                       10%

Book Review II                                                80 pts                                       10%

World Religion Presentation                              20 pts                                       2.5%

World Culture Presentation                               20 pts                                       2.5%

Debate 1                                                          20 pts                                       2.5%

Debate 2                                                          20 pts                                       2.5%

Quiz 1                                                              20 pts                                       2.5%

Quiz 2                                                              20 pts                                       2.5%

TOTAL                                                           800 pts                                                100%

Participation: Merely taking up space in the class does not a participant make! By enrolling in this course, you are agreeing to keep up with course assignments and readings, take an active role in all in-class activities, and participate in class discussion in a respectful and honest manner. Please note that your participation grade includes any homework or in-class minor presentations not listed above.

Community Outreach Experience: In order to further understand the lives of folks from different backgrounds and circumstances than you, you are required to give a few hours of yourself at an organization whose charge is to help folks less fortunate than you or folks who are in need of something you can give. Possibilities include but are not limited to: a Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Synergy House, Special Olympics, The Gracious Promise, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and like organizations. NOTE: You may not use as an outreach experience any tutoring or volunteering that you do on a regular basis! This experience must be completed by October 27, at which time you will be discussing it with the class as well as handing in a 2 page reflection on it.

Course Readings: All supplementary course readings will be uploaded to the course E-Companion website at least a week prior to their discussion date.

Online Discussion: Throughout the semester I will post a topic for online discussion. It is your responsibility to carefully read and reflect on the posted item, which may be a question or internet activity, may involve additional research, or may require that you reflect on attached articles or readings. Upon reflection, you must first post an opinion or reaction to the posted item. After you have posted an initial reaction (usually a paragraph in length), you must then read your classmates’ reactions, adding additional thoughts or commentary at least TWICE before the due date. If your initial posting does not demonstrate understanding and adequate reflection, I reserve the right to ask you to delve deeper into the topic as well as assign partial credit.

Final Paper: Must be submitted in paper form by the end of the last class, as indicated on the course schedule.

Presentations and Handouts: Must be uploaded to the Document Sharing section of our course site to allow your classmates to benefit from your work and information.

Quizzes: Must be completed online through our course site by the due date listed on the course schedule.


Late Submission of Course Materials:

I do not accept late work. Because of the amount of work required for this class, I highly recommend you tackle each assignment as soon as it is assigned or posted, allowing time for any technological “glitches” that might arise. Most assignments will be submitted through email or their respective drop boxes found in E-companion, however exceptions may be made on occasion if necessary (e.g. If your computer dies, you are more than welcome to submit a paper copy to me – as long as it is received on time).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Pair and group discussions are a crucial component of our class. In addition, bear in mind that honest, open talk about race and other issues of diversity is difficult and emotional.  In order for these conversations to be as fruitful as possible, you are expected to be respectful and tolerant of one another, non-judgmental, open to your colleagues' ideas and perspectives, ready to talk about given topics in a professional manner, and willing to respect colleagues’ privacy by not sharing class discussions with people outside of our community of learners.

Cell Phone Use/Text Messaging: Please refrain from text messaging during class, as it is a major distraction to the professor as well as to your neighbors. Active participation is a course requirement and if you are distracted by incoming text messages you are unable to fully benefit from course discussions and presentations and thereby will receive an absence for that class. I understand that on occasion you may need to make or take an emergency phone call. If such a situation arises, please try to alert me of this possibility before class, and please leave the classroom to make or receive your call.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Assignments Due


8/18, 8/20



Due 8/20: “Self” Written Activity


Developing our Community


8/25, 8/27

Foundations and Overview of MCNSE

Due 8/27 at midnight: Online Discussion #1

Due for class on 8/27: Readings on Whiteness and Privilege

Whiteness/ Privilege/ Race


9/01, 9/03

Whiteness/ Privilege/ Race

Due for class on 9/01: Readings on Race


9/08, 9/10

Class/ SES

Due for class on 9/08: Readings on class and SES


9/15, 9/17

Discussion of book by Ladson-Billings

Due 9/17 at midnight: Online Discussion #2

Due 9/15 at beginning of class: Critical Review of Dreamkeepers


9/22, 9/24

Achievement Gap

Due: Readings on the Achievement Gap

Due: Voucher research for Debate Preparation

In Class Debate – Vouchers


9/29, 10/01

Immigrant/ Refugee Populations

Due for class on 9/29: Readings on Immigration/Refugee Populations

Prepare for Cultural Presentations –In class work time


10/06, 10/08

Presentations of Immigrant and Refugee Cultures

Due 10/08 at midnight: Online Discussion #3

Due 10/06 & 10/08: Culture Handout posted to Doc. Sharing




10/20, 10/22

Discussion of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Due 10/22 at beginning of class: Critical Review of Spirit


10/27. 10/29

Presentation/Discussion of Community Outreach Experiences

Due in class on 10/27 & 10/29: Reflection of Community Outreach Experience

Due 10/29 at 5:00: Quiz 1


11/03, 11/05

Separation of Church and State & Religious Freedom

Due 11/05 at midnight: Online Discussion #4

Due: Research and Readings on Religion in Schools

Due: Viewing of assigned film

In Class Debate


11/10, 11/12

Discussion of:

The Devil’s Playground

Hell House

Due for class on 11/12: Readings on World Religions

World Religions & U.S. Schools


11/17, 11/19

Religion Presentations

Due 4/16: Religion Handout posted to Doc. Sharing


11/24, 11/26


Due: Readings on students who are LGBTQ

Due 11/26 at midnight: Online Discussion #5


12/01, 12/03

Bullying/ Policy

Due for class on 12/01: Readings on Bullying and Zero Tolerance

Due 12/03 at 5:00: Quiz 2



Scheduled Final Class/Exam

Due 12/08 at 5:00 pm: Final Paper

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 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
As active participation is a course requirement, attendance is mandatory and worth 15% of your final grade.  You will receive 8 point deductions for each of your first 2 absences and 16 point deductions for each additional absence. As I do not give excused absences, I recommend you save your absences for emergencies!

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: .


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