EDU310 Issues in Diversity and World Cultures

for S1B 2012

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EDU 310 Issues in Diversity and WorldCultures


S1B 2012 BL


Chappell, Ragen G.


Adjunct Faculty


Texas Educator Certificate: Principal (EC-12), Business Education (6-12), Generalist (4-8)
Master of Education
Master of Business Administration

Office Location


Office Hours

Before and after class

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

Monday, January 16, 2012 - Sunday, March 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Credit Hours



Gollnick, D.M., & Chinn, P.C. (2009). Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education Inc.

Ladson-Billings, G. (2010). The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Fadiman, A. (1997) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.

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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:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, class discussions, presentations, Internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in thought-provoking and critical thinking activities.

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:
Class Attendance and Participation: Students are expected to come to class on time and actively participate in class activities.

Book Reviews: Each student will write a book review for EACH course textbook. Book reviews must be written in APA format. The final copy is no more than 10 pages typed in 12 pt. font Times New Roman. A rubric and additional information will be discussed in class.

Reflective Paper: Each student will write two reflective papers on the films Crash and Lean on Me. The final copy is no more than four pages typed in 12 pt. font Times New Roman.

Diversity Issue/Case Presentation: Each student will create a presentation on a diversity issue or diversity case that is related to education. Presentations must NOT exceed 10 minutes. Students should be prepared to answer questions from facilitator and peers. Be sure to address the following in the presentation:

1. Background information (premise, location, year)

2. Issue of diversity involved

3. Role of school/teacher

4. Resolution

5. Any personal references/experiences with similar issues.

Final Paper: The final is a 10 page reflective paper that critically analyzes the course and the student's experiences in the course. Students should reflect upon:

1. Introduction and purpose of taking course

2. Expectations at beginning of course

3. The role of educators in a diverse society

4. Textbooks

5. Films

6. Diversity Issue/Case Presentations

7. Course impact on your personal and professional growth and development; has your outlook on diversity changed as a result of this course?

8. Recommendations for future diversity topics that should be included in class.



Assessment Activity
Class Attendance and Participation
Book Review of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children
Book Review of Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
CrashReflective Paper
Lean on MeReflective Paper
Diversity Issue/Case Presentation
Final Paper


1000 – 900


 890 – 800


 790 – 700


 690 – 600


 590 – Below


Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments must be turned in on time.  Late assignments will not be accepted without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Please attend class and be prompt.  Attendance will be checked during each class period.

2. Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.

3. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Assignments Due



 The Self

Diversity IQ

Diverse Groups

“Minneapolis Aztec artist shatters stereotypes”

Chapter 1 Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society

Begin preparing Diversity Issue/Case Presentation

Begin reading Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children



Sign up for Diversity Issue/Case Presentation topics

Social Perception

“The Parable of Ups and Downs”

Chapter 2  Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society



Diversity Issue/Case Presentations

“Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences in School Discipline among U.S. High School Students:1991-2005”

Student Success, Race, Class

Chapter 3  Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society

The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children Discussion

DUE 2/4 Diversity Issue/Case Presentation

Begin Reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down



Lean on Me: Minorities, Socioeconomic Status, At-Risk Students

Gender Identity & Issues Related to LGBTQ

Chapter 4  Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society

DUE 2/11 Book Review of The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children



Immigrants, Refugees, & Asylum Seekers

Chapter 5  Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society

Crash: Racial Stereotypes, Bias

 DUE 2/18 Lean on Me Reflective Paper



World Religions and World Cultures

Chapter 6  Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Discussion

DUE 2/25 Crash Reflective Paper



Chapter 7  Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society

Chapter 8 Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society Diversity

Chapter 9 Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society Diversity

Chapter 10 Multicultural Education in a Pluralistic Society Diversity

DUE 3/3 Book Review of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down



Hot Topics in Education

U.S. Population Trends: Impact on Education

DUE 3/10 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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