SO 315 Minority Group Relations
S2F 2010 QU
Felton, Nicole' L.
Senior Instructor/ Adjunct Fuculty
Ph.D. CandidateM.S. Human RelationsB.S. Psychology
22 March - 23 May 2010
8:00 - 1:00 PM
Textbook: Parillo, V. N. (2006). Strangers to These Shores: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States, 8th. ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
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Supplemental Resource Materials List: The below list is optional.
Christler, Golden & Rozzee, (1996). Lectures on the psychology of women. McGraw-Hill Publishers.
Brehm, S. (1992). Intimate relationships. 2 Ed.
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Educational Philosophy: It is imperative that students come prepared to be interactive based on information being presented in class via lectures, reading, and any other assignments. As your instructor I will engage each learner in order to encourage them to explore ideas, issues and contradictions that may arise.
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:
GRADING PLAN: Course grades will be based on participation and completion of assignments listed below. For a passing grade students must obtain 70% or higher.
Participation: Each student must bring in a minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 articles from the newspaper, stories from news, television, or documentary for expansion on the week's subject matter or another subject that may be of interest to the course. 5 points
Weekly Journal Entries: 20 points (No journals due for weeks 4, 8 & 9)
Midterm Exam: 15 points
Group Presentation: 15 points
Final Exam: 20 points
Total points possible: 100 points
Your grade for this course will be determined in the following manner:
A grade of "A" (superior 93-100 points) will be reserved for work, which is of an exceptional nature compared to other under-graduate students. A superior rating indicates the student has completed and exceeded all requirements, met all requirements for participation, and submitted exceptional assignments as well as the final research project. A superior grade also assumes the student's work possesses exceptional critical thinking and analysis of the material assigned.
A grade of "B" (above average 85-92 points) will be assigned to students who have produced above average work and adhered to all requirements as noted above.
A grade of "C" (average marginal 77-84 points) will be assigned to students who meet the majority of requirements, but do not adhere to all requirements. The grade of "C" indicates the lack of overall quality of work. This grade will be designated to students who appear to have a below average critical thinking and comparative analysis of the material.
A grade of ?D? ( marginal 69-76 points) will be assigned to students whose work display below minimal requirement for the course.
A grade of "F" (unsatisfactory 0-68) will be assigned to students who produce unsatisfactory work, critical thinking, and analysis. Two or more unexcused absences will result in the grade of F.
Making up missed final examination:
It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam or by the end of the first working day of the missed exam to request permission to take a make up exam. In the process of determining whether a make-up exam should be allowed, the burden of proof is on the student. The instructor has the right to request verification of any excuse offered by the student.
The student who is denied permission to make-up an exam may appeal immediately to the Academic Director or Resident Center Administrator. The appeal must be made by the end of the first working day after the day of the denial. The appeal will be forwarded immediately to the Assistance Vice President for Extended Learning whose decision will be final.
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