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SO 315 Minority Group Relations
Souza, Charles


Course Symbol/Number:
SO 315

Course Title:
Minority Group Relations

Course Descriptor:
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

Spring II, 2005

Name of Faculty Member:
Charles “Rick” Souza, MA, LPC

Title of Faculty Member:
Adjunct Instructor in Psychology and Sociology

Faculty Office Location:
2600 E. 18th Street, Suite 2090

Faculty Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8am to 5 pm.

Faculty Telephone Number:

Faculty Park e-mail Address:

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Dates of the Semester/Term:
March 21 through May 22, 2005
Class Session Days: Tuesdays
Class Session Time:
5pm through 10pm

Prerequisites: 0
Credit Hours: 3


The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


Faculty’s Educational Philosophy:
Education is a lifelong pursuit. To function at the highest possible level within our society, an individual must have a comprehensive knowledge of history and the willingness to observe and comment on how that society operates. The study of discrimination is vital if we are to minimize or avoid it in the future. All students are expected to be mature adults who are genuinely interested in continued learning, regardless of academic major. They must possess self-discipline, so that readings and assignments are completed on time; they must possess curiosity about processes in our society so that they may synthesize ideas and philosophies that will assist them as professionals in whatever field they wish to pursue. They must possess a basic respect for the academic milieu and the thoughts of other students. They must possess a sense of humor, so that they are not overwhelmed by the learning process. They must be involved in a constant self-evaluation and honest self-criticism so that they will be willing and able to grow.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, students will:
1. Be able to outline, verbally and in writing, the historical course of minority development in our society.
2. Be able to convey, in verbal and written form, a summary of the hardships and barriers that have confronted minorities in this country.
3. Given a list of professional terms related to the study of minorities, be able to identify their meanings.
4. Be able to compare and contrast, in writing, the terms functional, conflict and interactionist theories.
5. Be able to discuss, in writing or in verbal form, the concept and consequences of ethnocentrism.
6. Be able to select a current book (with faculty assistance and approval) which provides insight into the experiences, expectations and failures of minority groups and present a verbal report on this book.
7. Given a list of government actions toward Native Americans, be able to choose the ramifications of each from a list provided.


8. Discuss verbally and in writing, the affects of various U.S. Supreme Court actions that affected minorities in this country, given a list of such actions.
9. Be able to articulate in verbal or written form, a personal opinion on the current state of minorities in America.
10. Be prepared to verbally discuss sociological concepts, historical perspective and personal reactions to an assortment of audio-visual presentations involving minorities.

Course Textbook:
Parillo: Stranger to These Shores, 7th Edition, Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2003.

Academic Honesty:
“Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

“Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

Attendance Policy:
”Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the even of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned will be reported to the appropriate agency.”
Students who arrive late for class or leave before official dismissal will have points deducted from their course grade unless this is authorized by the instructor or there is a bona fide emergency (to include military necessity and/or inclement weather.)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late materials will only be accepted with the approval of the instructor. In no case shall materials be accepted after the last night of class.

Course Assessment:
Grades will be assessed using the criteria detailed in the Course Objectives section, and shall be determined by performance on weekly quizzes, two examinations and an oral class presentation.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to maintain an adult and courteous attitude at all times. At no time will personal criticism or belittling speech be permitted. Students will speak when recognized by the instructor, and will not attempt to assume the floor while another is speaking. Food and drink are permitted as long as students remove all materials and clean up around their personal areas. The use of cell phones or pagers is prohibited without the instructor’s permission. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited in the Education Center at all times. This includes smokeless tobacco products. Students will not arrive at class under the influence of alcohol or any prohibited substance. A climate of respect, honesty and openness will be maintained at all times.

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, 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:”

Course Topics/Dates/Assignments: (Subject to Change when required)
Week 1: Jan. 6. Read Chapters 1 and 2. A quiz will be given over specific ideas in the chapters (2 points.) Discussion of course and philosophy; description of oral presentation. Audio-visual presentation.
Week 2: Jan. 13. Read Chapters 3 and 4. A quiz will be given. Be prepared to discuss relevant concepts regarding prejudice, discrimination and dominant-minority relations. Audio-visual presentation.
Week 3: Jan. 20. Read Chapter 5 and 6, be prepared for quiz and discussion. Audio-visual presentation.
Week 4: Jan 26. Read Chapter 7, quiz and discussion. Audio-visual presentation.
Week 5: Feb. 3. Midterm Examination (Chapters 1 through 7). Read Chapters 8 and 9; discussion, audio-visual presentation.
Week 6: Feb. 10. Read Chapter 10. Quiz, discussion, student oral presentations; audio-visual presentation if time permits.
Week 7: Feb 17. Read Chapters 11. Quiz, discussion; student oral presentations; audio-visual presentation.
Week 8: Feb. 24. Read Chapters 12 and 13. Quiz and discussion; audio-visual presentation if time permits. Student oral presentations.
Week 9: March 2. Final (noncomprehensive) exam. Discussion of Chapter 14.

Grading Plan:
Grades for the course will be determined by the combined scores as follows:
Weekly quizzes (2 points) X 13 =26
Oral Presentation (10 Points) =10
Exams (25 points each) X2 =50
Class participation =14

Breakdown: 91 to 100= A 81 to 90=B 71 to 80= C 61 to 70= D Below 60= F