SO 315 Minority Group Relations
S2B 2011 BLA
Talavera, Victor S.
Available to meet with Students before and after class upon request.
March 21 through May 15, 2011
8:00 - 1:00 PM
Textbook: Parillo, V. N. (2011). Strangers to These Shores, 10th Ed. Pearson Education, Inc. Boston: MA. ISBN # 13: 978-0-205-79074-6 OR 10: 0-205-79074-7
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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:
1. There will be a total of five quizzes which will cover a minimum of two chapters from Global Problems.
a. Quiz #1: Covers Chapter 1 & 2
b. Quiz #2: Covers Chapters 3 & 4
c. Quiz #3: Covers Chapters 7 & 8
d. Quiz #4: Covers Chapters 9-11
e. Quiz #5: Covers Chapters 12 & 13
2. There will be a minimum of four home work assignments. These assignments must be typed and follow the guidelines for written assignments above. Most homework assignments will correlate from readings assigned from the Solutions to Social Problems text. You will be graded according to the rules for typed papers, proper APA citation and reference list, and thoughtful in depth presentation of what you have read and the sociological ideas you have learned, and the completion of the guidelines outlined for each assignment.
a. Homework #1.
Option 1: Watch the film-“Crash” and answer the questions located on eCompanion.
Option 2: Write a three page paper that compares current race/minority inter-relations with the decade of the sixties. What is the differences and the similarities between both time periods. What has changed over the last four decades? How does the incidence of prejudice and discrimination compare today to the sixties. Follow the guidelines for typed papers. A minimum of three academic sources must be cited for this assignment.
b. Homework #2.
Option 1: Watch the documentary-“Religulous” and answer the questions posted under homework #2 on eCompanion.
Option 2: Write a three page paper that examines currently how Americans in general view religious minorities. This country was founded on religious freedoms but given the current state of affairs in the world, are all peoples in the U.S. really free to practice and observe their respective religions without scrutiny or prejudice? Why or why not? Has the 9/11 attack changed how we view religious minorities? How does our individual religion shape our perspective of the world and how we see others that are deemed different then us? Follow the guidelines for typed papers. A minimum of three academic sources must be cited for this assignment.
3. There will be one final comprehensive exam which will cover all 15 chapters from your text. Please retain your quizzes after grading to use as a study guide since some of the material may be integrated with new questions for the final exam.
4. There will be a core assessment/final paper required for this course. See core assessment guidelines.
Point Allocation is as Follows:
Final Exam: 150 points
Final Assessment Paper: 150 points
Quizzes: 100 points each-total of 500 points
Homework: 100 points each total of 200 points
Grading Distribution is as Follows:
Total Possible Points: 1000
A = 900 – 1000
B = 800 – 899
C = 700 – 799
D = 600 – 699
F = 599 or below
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments. All assignments turned in late will be penalized. FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS YOU WILL LOSE 5 POINTS AUTOMATICALLY OFF OF YOUR FINAL GRADE FOR EACH DAY THAT IT IS LATE. No exceptions. If your assignment is late I recommend you e-mail it to me as soon as possible instead of waiting until the next class period to avoid losing further points.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Typing Guidelines. All final assignments are to be typed. Assignments will be typed in 12 font, Times New Roman, with one inch margins, double spaced, with a cover page. All completed assignments including the final paper will be completed in APA style format. There are no exceptions on these guidelines. There are several sites on the APA format that can be referenced online-please see end of class schedule/syllabus.
Class rules: ALL cell phones are to be turned off after class begins. No texting during class. First offense will receive a warning. The ensuing offenses will result in losing 25% percent of your in class participation grade for each offense. Students are expected to be respectful to each other during class discussion. Unruly/disruptive students will be asked to leave.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: March 26: Review Class Schedule and Assignment Detail. Chapter1: “The Study of Minorities”. Chapter 2: “Culture and Social Structure”.
April 2: Online chat room and discussion questions for chapters 5 and 6.
April 9: Quiz #1 (Chapters 1 & 2). Chapter 3: “Prejudice and Discrimination”. Chapter 4: “Intergroup Relations”.
April 16: Quiz #2 (Chapters 3 & 4). Chapter 7: “Native Americans”. Chapter 8: “Asian Americans”. Video Homework #1 Due.
April 23: Quiz #3 (Chapters 7 & 8). Chapter 9: “Middle Eastern and North African Americans”. Chapter 10: “Black Americans”. Chapter 11: “Hispanic Americans”.
April 30: Quiz #4 (Chapters 9-11). Chapter 12: “Religious Minorities”. Chapter 13: “Women as a Minority”.
May 7: Quiz #5 (Chapters 12 & 13). Chapter 14: “Gays, People with Disabilities, and the Elderly”. Chapter 15: “The Ever-Changing U.S. Mosaic”. Video Homework #2 Due.
May 12: Core Assessment Due.
May 14: Final Exam.
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