Spring 2013 Syllabi



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Minority Groups in America


Sociology 235.H95


Spring 2013



Number of Course Credits:


3 credit hours


Days Class Meets:




Meeting Times:


7:30-8:27 pm




JCC@LISD, Room 211








Ellen Shannon, M.A., M.S.J.




JCC- Jackson Campus


Contact Phone:


734-545-0233 (Please text or call if you have a question. Remember to sign your text so I can help you in a timely way. Please limit text and calls to between the hours of 8am and 8pm.


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Office Hours:


By Appointment




Course Description:



SOC 235 Minority Groups in America (3 CR)


Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society.


Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of


prejudice and discrimination





Prerequisites: ENG 085* and ENG 090*



Required Textbook: Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, Third Edition. Routledge, Taylor and Francis. Copyright 2013. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Carmelita Castaneda, Heather W. Hackman, Madeline L. Peters, and Ximena Zuniga



Supplies Needed:


· Bring a notebook with pockets (for class handouts) and pen to each class session for note taking, etc.


· Flash drive to save notes and assignments and to download information for the course


Course Goals:


Students who complete Sociology 235 should be able to:


· Demonstrate an awareness of intergroup dynamics in the United States


· Apply sociological principles to understanding and discussing issues of power, privilege, and difference in the United States


· Define terminology related to race ethnicity, class, gender, ability, religious, and social identity


· Learn to recognize complexities of social interaction and social identity in the United States


· Participate in responding to various interpretations of individual, institutional, and structural discrimination


· Produce a project using research methodology


· Understand social identity as it applied on a personal, group, and national level


· Demonstrate understanding of the role of diverse audiences and actors in a multicultural organization




Course Performance Objectives:

    Complete all required readings

  Identify an area of interest within the scope of the course to develop and complete a significant individual learning assessment plan

  Present individual learning project (may also be done in a group) to the class

  Participate in group exercises and discussion groups

  Complete all assignments and quizzes (if used)

  Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to discuss issues of diversity and intergroup relations

  Attend all class sessions and actively participate in class






The course goals and objectives incorporate specific Associate Degree Outcomes (ADOs) established by the JCC Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty. These goals are in concert with four-year colleges, universities, and reflect input from the professional communities we serve. ADOs guarantee students achieve goals necessary for graduation credit, transferability, and professional skills needed in many certification programs. The ADOs and course objectives addressed in this class include the following:



ADO 7, Developing



· Think critically.



· Demonstrate critical thinking through questioning, interpreting, analyzing, evaluating, inferring from and synthesizing information to solve problems in a variety of settings.



ADO 10, Proficient



· Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures.



· Demonstrate an understanding of the values of individuals and groups different from one’s own (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation) and a willingness to interact with people whose backgrounds differ from one’s own. Define and recognize examples of ethnocentrism, stereotyping, oppression, and dominant-group privilege.






Multiple factors will be taken into consideration in assessing student grades. These include:


· Attendance at all class sessions


· Active class participation in both online work and face-to-face class discussion


· Grade achieved on each written assignment and quiz NO LATE PAPERS, JOURNALS, OR MAKE-UP QUIZZES WILL BE ALLOWED


· Written assignments will be given a value of 100 points (written assignments will be in-depth explorations of specific social identities, groups, or process in the analysis of minority/dominant group events) These will take the form of student journals—each entry will receive a point value of 100 points for a total of 500 points for ten entries (entries will be a combination of article reviews and student reflections—each entry should be about 5 full double-spaced typed pages with citation for any source material used in your entry each week—instructions and structure for the journals are posted on our site)



· Quizzes may be used and have a value of 25 points each (quizzes will be open book and will include questions based on our assigned readings, vocabulary, class discussion, field trips, relevant current events, etc.)


· Written theory of intergroup/minority/majority conflict for a value of 100 points


· Written paper on an area of interest and expertise for a value of 100 points (7 full written pages with sources cited—topic must be approved by instructor—some suggestions will be posted on our site and students have the option to recommend their ideas for the paper with instructor approval)



Each assignment will be posted to the Assignments section of our Jetnet site with requirements for specific format, content, assessment criteria, and due dates. 




Grading Scale: