SO 315 Minority Group Relations
S1KK 2010 HA
McKing, Brenda J
11 January 2010 thru 7 March 2010
Tuesday and Thursday
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Parillo, Strangers to These Shores: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States, 9th Edition, 2009, Allyn & Bacon. ISBN-10: 0205585574 OR ISBN-13: 9780205585571
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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:
Each paper will be graded according to these criteria:
1. Demonstration of clarity, depth, and complexity of thought
2. Major ideas should be developed and Identifiable.
3. Make sure there is a cogent and persuasive argument
5. Clear, concise, and evidence supporting your thesis question
6. All papers will be written using APA format
7. Email the instructor with your topic proposal and initial outline for the final paper
A. Each student will maintain a journal
An expectation of this class is for each student to think sociologically about text and discussion topics. This assignment will have two entries a week totaling sixteen entries. I would like for you to select a news article/Professional journal/class discussion questions. Use course objectives, critically thinking, examine concepts, theories, theorist, vocabulary, and other resources discussed/used in class. Formulate 1-2 type written journal entry.
Journals should be submitted in your ecompanion.
B. The examinations will be multiple choice questions, short answer or essay questions. Each examination will cover the assigned chapters lecture material, and class activities. Students will have quizzes, a midterm, and final exam. Quizzes cover only the material related to the previous two or three classes. The final exam is comprehensive. Study materials will be provided for all quizzes and exams. Exams will be taken in class
C. Two papers and a final project are required
a) Write a 5-7 page narrative essay about you using an experience when you experienced lack of privilege. Be descriptive with the day/time (year, month etc), what you experienced.
b) Using your text and at least 4 outside resources (web, books, professional journals), write a 5 page essay on race and racial identity. I am open to other topics. We will have a class discussion to select possible topics.
c) Group research paper:
i. All students are required to join a group. Groups will consist of 2-4 members dependant on number of students
ii. Each group has one hour to present their topic. We will discuss more about this in class.
iii. The group project is a collaborative effort involving all members of the group.
Weight of points (%)
Grading Scale (Total Points)
899- 700- B
699- 500 - C
499- 300 - D
< 299 - F
In class activities
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late assignments will be discussed and arranged with the instructor. Full credit will not be given for late submission.
Assignment that are due
I Chapter 1-4
14 January – January 28
2 Study questions from each chapter
II Chapters 5-6
2 February – 9 February
III Chapters 7-11
11 February -18 February
2 Study questions from each chapter
IV Chapters 12-14
23 February 25 February
V Chapters 15
4 March -9 March
Last day of class J
Final Project and Journals are due
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