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
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, review of current events, presentations and examinations. Instructor will engage each learner in a lively discussion on minority group relations.
1. Explain the importance of the study of Minority Group Relations.
2. Distinquish basic characteristics of Race, Ethnicity, Prejudice and Discrimination.
3. Engage in intellectual discussions about the influence of Family Background on Group Behavior.
4. Examine, analyze and assess minority-majority relationships, behaviors and problematic situations as related to cultural and ethnic racial experiences.
5. Develop self-awareness and understanding of our individual feelings, behaviors, responsibilities and reactions to ethnic variations in behavior.
6. Increase knowledge and awareness of majority groups and other ethnic groups in the context of a pluralistic society, and the contributions of these groups to our civilization.
7. Apply cross-cultural knowledge in the assessment of an individual's ethnic/racial identity.
8. Integrate course content with personal experiences and observations on social issues affecting minority groups in the United States.
Course assessments are based on quizzes, research paper, presentations, midterm and final examinations.
Two Quizzes 5 points each 10 points 90-100=A
Research paper 15 points (1-2 pgs.) 15 points 80-89=B
Presentation 10 points (5-7 mins.)15 points 70-79=C
Midterm Exam 30 points 30 points 60-69=D
Final Exam 30 points 30 points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
a. Late Homework: Late assignments may be subject to a lowered score. Students missing class are advised to try and turn-in assignment prior to their absence.
b. MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS: Make-up examinations will only be given with a valid excused absence and approved by the instructor. All make-up tests must be scheduled before the next class session or a zero will be given for the exam. If a make-up test is granted, I will schedule a day for taking the missing exam.
c. Incompletes: As a rule, incomplete grades will not be given. Incomplete grades will not be given for student laziness (ie work not in on time, missing exams, student missing final etc.) Exceptions to the rule do exist, however: If a death in the student's immediate family (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle) affects the overall performance of the studnet in the course if the student misses a significant portion of the class due to their hospitialization, the student may be allowed to petition for an incomplete and make up the work prior to 13 March 2005. The instructor retains the right to veto any such petition, or grant an incomplete in other unforeseem circumstances.
d. Withdraws: The enrollment status of the student in this course is solely the responsibility of the student. If you wish to change your status in this course, be sure that you file the appropriate paperwork with the registrar before the appropriate deadlines. If you wish to drop, do not just stop coming to class!!!! Get to the Campus Center Director and file a withdrawal slip. I will continue to consider you as part of this class until notified otherwise by the Campus Center Director.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation is expected and attendance will be taken. Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal emergency are excusuable but will need to be coordinated with the instructor as soon as possible.
Jan 10 - Study of Minorities/Chap 1 Lecture
Jan 12 - Culture and Social Structure/Chap 2 Lecture
Research Topic Selection
*Jan 17 - Prejudice and Discimination/Chap 3
Jan 19 - Dominant-Minority Relations/Chap 4 Lecture/Quiz
Jan 24 - Northern and Western Europeans/Chap 5 & Southern,
Central and Eastern Europeans/Chap 6 Lectures
Jan 26 - Native Americans/Chap 7 Lecture Review for Exam
Jan 31 - Mid-Term Examination
Feb 2 - East and Southeast Asian American/Chap 8/Lecture
Research Paper Turn-in/Go over Midterm Exam
Feb 7 - Other Asians/Chap 9/ Lecture/Presentations
Feb 9 - Black Americans/Chap 10/Lecture/Presentations
Feb 14 - Hispanic Americans/Chap 11/Lecture/Presentations
Feb 16 - Religious Minorities/Chap 12/Lecture
*Feb 21 - Women as a Minority/Chap 13/Lecture/
Feb 23 - Ever-Changing US Mosiac/ Chap 14/Lecture/Quiz
Feb 28 - Review for Final Examinations/Class Overview
Mar 3 - Final Examination
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100
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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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 .
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