Solution: Racial and Ethnic
Groups Books a la Carte Edition Plus REVEL -- Access Card Package,
Please note, this
text must be purchased with accompanying online access, for assignments which
make up a major part of the grade. You will have received an email from me through Blackboard with instructions to sign
up. However, the course is online on Pearson's website, not MJC!
Recommended but optional:
The Race Myth, Why We
Pretend Race Exists in America,
Joseph L. Graves, Jr. Dutton, 2004 ISBN:0-525-94825-2
Course Description: In
this course we set up a sociological framework to view the history of the
ethnic groups that make up America and to understand the society as it is
today. We deconstruct the concept of race in its historical and cultural
context and study the implications of the social construction of reality. We
explore socially accepted ideas of what it means to be American in an
assimilated or pluralistic society. Controversial topics, such as affirmative
action, and theories of class vs. race, are analyzed and debated. This
course requires a high level of critical thinking skills.
Instruction Methods: The
nature of the subject requires in-class discussion, debate, and group
discussions based on pre-reading of required text chapters, and papers,
articles or news items assigned or submitted by students . The more students
participate with varied ideas and opinions, the more interesting the class will
be! Some portion of each class will be devoted to clearing up questions on the
text, lectures emphasizing salient points, and if time permits, viewing short
videos or films to stimulate discussion.
YOU MUST READ THE ASSIGNED TEXTS
BEFORE EACH CLASS! The reading
assignments define the nature of the
problems, provide the specialized vocabulary, and background needed for class
discussions. There are questions online with each chapter that will be
graded, and study aids for your use. Eight essays are required,
plus one final, longer essay question. These must be turned in on
time, or one letter grade will be deducted for each day late. (More info on
this in class.)
Grades: YOU are the one who determines your final grade. It is based on the
that YOU do and the level of thinking that you apply to the issues.
total of 100 points can be earned as follows:
Essays (8 @ 5 pts.) total points 40
Chapter exams online 2 x 17= 40
Final exam total points 20
TOTAL POSSIBLE: 100
points may be awarded for exceptional
Letter grades are:
Attendance: Students may miss up
to two classes for extenuating circumstances (i.e. police, hospital, morgue).
In-class writing assignments and quizzes cannot be made up. You CANNOT pass
this class without attending regularly and on time. After the third absence, I
suggest you withdraw from class as per MJC policy.
Policies on cell phones and
computers: NO texting
or IMing in class. It is
distracting to students around you, and disconcerting to me. If you don't
want to be in this class, please drop it! If you are "in" class,
please give me your attention.
that many of you have children or
work obligations that require you to be available by phone. I have
no problem with this in moderation, but do let your friends know that you are
busy at this time. Please change your phone to vibrate in class---no
dopey song clips, please!
Policies on photos and recordings
of any kind: No
photos, videos, or audio recordings are allowed without my express
permission. My lectures are my intellectual property and I reserve the right to
take legal action against any violation of this policy.
means using someone else's words and is a serious offense that will result
in failing the class and possibly expulsion from the college, and rejection by
other educational institutions. The College’s policies and procedures for
offenses will be followed. Just don’t do it!
with Disabilities: Please
contact me and I will make arrangements to accommodate and support you.
Helps for students: Tutoring
is available from the social sciences department. I am always available to
answer your questions; please take advantage of this! MJC also has a writing
lab where you can get help with your writing. Please use them!
150: Ethnicity and Culture in the United States
completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Formulate arguments
to underline the
importance of race, ethnicity and diversity and their relevance in the
contemporary United States, multicultural society with regard to social
• Define and describe the concept of
identity as related
to ethnicity with regard to social dominance, using insights from sociological
• Compare their own identity(ies) within
context of their own culture(s) and in contrast to the identities of others.
• Utilize and apply
the sociological theoretical
paradigms to analyze the concepts of power relations, equity, and social
justice in relationship to the concepts of race and ethnicity and find examples
of each concept in United States society and/or non-western societies.
• Synthesize information
and engage in critical
analysis by investigating and/or evaluating the implications of an issue
involving cultural identity construction and/or dominant/non-dominant social