EDU310 Issues in Diversity and World Cultures

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EDU 310 Issues in Diversity and WorldCultures


SP 2010 HOA


Kasperbauer, Kimberly


Assistant Professor

Office Location

227 Copley

Office Hours

M,W, 10:00-2:00, T, R, 10:10-11:10 and by appt.

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours


 Required Course Texts:

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.

Required: All Park University teacher candidates seeking certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education’s electronic portfolio system. As purchasing and accessing Foliotek is a multi-step process, please follow these instructions:

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:

  • Your Name
  • Your Major (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, etc…)
  • 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 academic advisor (list them) access to view your portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!
E-Companion: In order to succeed in this course, you must be minimally proficient in the use of E-Companion. All E-Entries MUST be submitted through the appropriately assigned e-companion DROP BOX and grades will be updated regularly and available for your viewing. All handouts and power point presentations will be available on the E-companion course site under the DOC SHARING tab. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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 environment which fosters collaboration, critical thinking, group and individual problem-solving and especially 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze discrimination in American society
  2. Discuss and relate citizenship to the self and identity needs of all students.
  3. Identify one's own areas of bias and work to address them.
  4. Critique the history, culture, political positioning and power relationships of diverse groups.
  5. Discuss and write about the culture and history of diverse groups and the academic, social, and emotional needs of students belonging to those groups
  6. Model the power of education in addressing issues of class, race and gender.

Core Assessment:

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 of and shared discussion of a volunteer experience; written analyses and discussion of 2 assigned books; 2 class debates; 2 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.
Assignment Submission and Grade Components:

Journal Reflections: All Journal Reflections MUST be submitted into the course website DROP BOX. Emailed and paper submissions will not be accepted. In addition, PLEASE do not submit your reflection as an attachment! Simply type your submission directly into the Comment Box within the drop box. If you are unfamiliar with the e-companion drop box, it is your responsibility to come see me for extra instruction. Waiting until the assignment is due to figure out that you need help will most likely be too late!

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 March 16, at which time you will be discussing it with the class as well as handing in a 2 page reflection on it. This reflection MUST be uploaded to the appropriate Drop Box in the course site.

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 (for a total of 3 posts, the first more detailed than the other two). 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 assigned thread of our course site to allow your classmates to benefit from your work and information. In addition, you MUST bring with you a paper copy of each of your handouts to distribute to your classmates. If you are absent on the day you are scheduled to present your handout, it is your responsibility to arrange a make up time. Note: in the case of absence, your handout is still due on the date listed below.

Book Reviews: Must be submitted via an attachment in the appropriately assigned Drop Box. Attachments must be saved in either RTF or a version of Microsoft Word that is older than Windows 2007.

Note: Documents in Windows 2007 will be accepted, however may not be returned promptly.
Note: Assignments that are turned in incorrectly will not be accepted. Therefore, it is imperative that you learn to navigate the course website, that you complete assignments early, and that you reread the syllabus as necessary to ensure proper submission!


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

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


Online Discussion                                 6 at 20 pts = 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/Handout                20 pts                                       2.5%

World Culture Presentation/Handout                             20 pts                                       2.5%

Journal Reflections                                   4 at 20 pts = 80 pts                                       10%

TOTAL                                                                       800 pts                                    100%

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 possible, allowing time for any technological “glitches” that might arise. Most assignments will be submitted through 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).

* Exception: Final Paper will be accepted late with steep point deductions.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Tentative Course Topics and Activities (Subject to change per students' needs):




Assignments Due


1/12, 1/14



Due 1/14 at the beginning of class: “Self” Written Activity


Developing our Community


1/19, 1/21

Foundations and Overview of MCNSE

Due 1/21 at midnight: Online Discussion #1

Due for class on 1/21: Readings on Whiteness and Privilege

Whiteness/ Privilege/ Race


1/26, 1/28

Whiteness/ Privilege/ Race


2/02, 2/04

Class/ SES

Due 2/04 at midnight: Online Discussion #2

Due 2/04 at beginning of class: Analysis of Dreamkeepers

Due 2/04 at midnight: Journal Reflection #1

Discussion of book by Ladson-Billings


2/09, 2/11

Achievement Gap

Due: Readings on the Achievement Gap

Due 2/11: Voucher research for Debate Preparation

In Class Debate – Vouchers


2/16, 2/18

Immigrant/ Refugee Populations

Due for class on 2/16: Readings on Immigration/Refugee Populations

Prepare for Cultural Presentations –In class work time


2/23, 2/25

Presentations of Immigrant and Refugee Cultures

Due 2/23: Cultural Presentation Handout must be uploaded to e-companion

Due 2/25 at midnight: Online Discussion #3

Due 2/25 at midnight: Journal Reflection #2


3/02, 3/04

Discussion of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Due 3/04 at beginning of class: Critical Review of Spirit


Spring Break – NO CLASS


3/16, 3/18

Presentation/Discussion of Community Outreach Experiences

Due 3/16: Reflection of Community Outreach Experience

Due 3/18 at midnight: Online Discussion #4

The Devil’s Playground

Hell House


3/23, 3/25

Separation of Church and State & Religious Freedom

Due 3/25 at midnight: Journal Reflection #3


3/30, 4/01

In Class Debate – Prayer in Schools

Due 4/01 at midnight: Online Discussion #5

Due: Research and Readings on Religion in Schools

World Religions & U.S. Schools


4/06, 4/08

World Religion Presentations and Handouts

Due 4/06: Religion Handout must be uploaded to e-companion


4/13, 4/15


Due: Readings on students who are LGBTQIA


4/20, 4/22


Due 4/22 at midnight: Online Discussion #6

Due 4/22 at midnight: Journal Reflection #4


4/27, 4/29

Bullying/ Policy

Due for class on 4/27: Readings on Bullying and Zero Tolerance


5/4 1-3 pm

Scheduled Final Class/Exam

Due 5/4 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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
Attendance: As active participation is a course requirement, attendance is mandatory and worth 1/4 of your final grade.  You will receive 10 point deductions for each of your first 2 absences and 15 point deductions for each additional absence. As I do not give excused absences, I recommend you save your absences for emergencies!

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, including 2 In-Class Debates.

Late Arrival: Arriving late to class makes it impossible for you to fully participate in the class and benefit from the entire lesson. For this reason, you will lose 6 participation points for arriving to class 10-20 minutes late and an additional 3 points for arriving more than 20 minutes late.

Text Messaging/ Cell Phone Use: 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 in order to do so.

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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