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ETHNIC STUDIES - Syllabus - Sam Houston State University
and Ethnic Relations - Dr. Tom Henricks - Sociology/Anthropology House - elon.edu
ETHNIC AND MINORITY GROUPS - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY - UNA, Syllabus
una.edu/sociology/SO%20424-01%20Syllabus.htm - Text: Schaefer: Racial and Ethnic Groups
Course Description and Objectives: The basic goal of the course is to provide
understanding of the sociological perspective on minority groups and intergroup relations.
The course is a study of ethnic, racial, and other minority groups in the contemporary
United States, with emphasis on their history, culture, social organization,
socio-economic status, problems, and contributions, and their relationship with other
groups in the United States. Students will be introduced to the basic terms, concepts,
theories, and perspectives in this field and then specific groups will be studied.
COURSE SYLLABUS OUTLINE: SO 424 ETHNIC & MINORITY GROUPS
- A. Basic concepts
- B. Perspectives on dominant-minority relations
- C. The nature of prejudice
- D. The nature of discrimination
- E. Immigration to the U.S.
- F. Ethnicity and religion in the U.S. today
II. A Study of Specific Minority Groups
A. American Indians
- Traditional cultures and values
- Changing policies: from reservations and wardship to urban relocation and
- Contemporary position and welfare
- Red Power movement
- Contributions and prominent persons
- History: Africa through Civil Rights Movement
- Contemporary Position
A. Basic demographic factors
B. The Black subculture, subcommunity and family
C. Economic welfare
D. Education and school desegregation
E. Housing and residential patterns
F. Political participation
G. Contributions and prominent persons
- Education and bilingualism
- Economic and social welfare
- Social movements and current issues
- Contributions and prominent persons
D. Other Minority Groups
A number of the following will be studied but more briefly and depending, in part, on
- Puerto Ricans
- Chinese Americans
- Japanese Americans
- Jewish Americans
- Refugee groups, e.g., Cubans, Vietnamese
- White Ethnics
- Impoverished Whites, e.g., Appalachia
- The handicapped
- Religious sects
- Intergroup relations in Hawaii
INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES
Spring, 2004, Instructor: Caron Cates, E-MAIL: SOC_CCC@shsu.edu
Sociology Department at Sam Houston State University
Required Text: Parrillo, Vincent N. 2000. Strangers to these Shores: Race and Ethnic
Relations in the United States. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Seventh Edition.
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the topic of ethnic
studies in Sociology. At the outset of the semester, students will be exposed to the basic
theoretical paradigms of the discipline. Subsequently, this knowledge will be employed to
study ethnic and racial social relations, their interpretations, and pertinent debates in
current scientific literature. The course will focus on most racial and ethnic groups,
religious groups, and women in the United States. Students will become familiar with key
concepts - such as culture, minority, ethnocentrism and stratification - and their
analytic uses. This is a freshman level course.
- The Study of Minorities (Chapter 1)
- Culture and Social Structure (Chapter 2)
- Prejudice and Discrimination (Chapter 3)
- Dominant-Minority Relations (Chapter 4)
- The Native Americans (Chapter 7)
- Northern and Western Europeans (Chapter 5); Southern, Central and Eastern Europeans
- East and Southeast Asian-Americans (Chapter 8); Other Asian and Middle Eastern
Americans (Chapter 9)
- African-Americans (Chapter 10)
- Hispanic and Caribbean Americans (Chapter 11)
- Religious Minorities (Chapter 12); Women as a Minority Group (Chapter 13)
- The Ever-Changing U.S. Mosaic (Chapter 14)
Sociology 341-AA - Race and
Professor: Dr. Tom Henricks - Sociology/Anthropology House - elon.edu
This course examines the meaning of minority group status in society. The course focuses
on both the general patterns and problems presented by all minority groups as well as the
more specific issues facing individual minority groups in American society. We will
discuss these issues in both historical and contemporary perspective. Groups receiving
special emphasis will be African-Americans, white ethnics, Latinos, Jews, and
Richard Schaeffer. Racial and Ethnic Groups, 8th edition. (Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Prentice Hall, 2000).
John Kromkowski, ed. Annual Editions 02/03: Race and Ethnic Relations (Guilford, Ct.:
Other readings will be placed on reserve, gathered from Internet sources, and/or
distributed as hand-outs.
Student Learning Objectives
Students who have completed this course will be expected to:
Understand the nature of prejudice and discrimination, including the basic causes of each
Confront their own feelings about these matters
Understand sympathetically the circumstances of minority status
Explain the ways in which minority status is a common experience for many groups as well
as the ways in which it is distinctive for different groups.
Explore the related effects of discrimination in economics, housing, education, politics,
and other social institutions
Consider the nature and extent of prejudice and discrimination in a college community
Topical Outline with Readings
I. Introduction: The Nature of Prejudice and Discrimination
II. The Meaning of Minority Status
III. Immigration and Minority Status
IV. Native Americans
VI. Latinos in America
VI. Asian Americans: Growth and Diversity
VII. Jewish Americans
Minority Relations -
Susan Cecil, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minority Relations is an upper level GER elective for non-majors. It is a required course
for social work majors.
In this course we will make an in-depth study of several groups with minority status:
Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic and Caribbean Americans, women as a minority
group, and the gay and lesbian population. Students will be introduced to patterns, which
emerge as individuals, and members of groups interact.
Course Objectives/Brescia Outcomes for SOC 310
The students will have knowledge of:
1. Functional, conflict and interactionist theories regarding the study of minorities.
2. Characteristics of specific groups and their minority status in the U.S.
3. Theories of minority integration and dominant-minority relations.
The student will become skilled in:
1. Identifying contributions of members of selected minority groups.
2. Observation of discriminatory practices past and present in society.
3. Examining implications for those working with minority populations in human service
The students will begin to value:
1. The importance of exploring diversity issues to promote successful relations among
people of all cultures and lifestyles.
2. Their own cultural heritage and appreciate uniqueness in self and others.
Parrillo, Vincent. (2006) Strangers to These Shores, 8th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon
Mann, C.R. & Zatz, M.S. (2002) Images of Color, Images of Crime . Los Angeles: Roxbury
The student will write a 2-3 typed page reaction paper on two (2) films chosen from the
list below. Describe both the dominant and minority groups and how they are represented.
In what ways is the minority group discriminated against? What is the response of the
minority? What are the strengths and weakness of the major characters in each group?
(Films must represent two different minority groups)
*A Time to Kill
*American History X
*Men of Honor
*Ghosts of the Mississippi
*Mi Familia/My Family
*The Milangro Bean Field War
*The Mona Lisa Smile
*Where the Heart Is
*The Burning Bed
*Places in the Heart
*The Laramie Project
*And the Band Played On
*Boys Dont Cry
*If These Walls Could Talk II
*I Will Fight No More Forever
(Parillo) Chapter 1: The Study of Minorities
*Minority Group Characteristics
(Parillo) Chapter 2: Culture and Social Structure
*The Concept of Culture
*Theories of Minority Integration
(Parillo) Chapter 3: Prejudice and Discrimination
*The Psychology and Sociology of Prejudiceness
*Levels of Discrimination
*The Affirmative Action Controversy
(Parillo) Chapter 3: (continued)
(Mann) Chapter 6: White Privilege, Color and Crime: A Personal Account
*Guest speaker scheduled
(Parillo) Chapter 4: Dominant Minority Relations
*Minority Group Responses
*Consequences of Minority Group Status
*Dominant Group Responses
(Parillo) Chapter 7: Native Americans
*Values & Social Structure
*Stereotyping of Native Americans
*Changes in Government Policy
*Present Day Life
*Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Mann) Chapter 12: Perpetuating the Stereotypes of American Indian Nations and
Week 8 Video: Seasons of the Navajo
(Parillo) Chapter 10: Black Americans
*Winds of Change
*Social Indicators of Black Progress
*Race or Class
Film: African Americans---Marching to Freedom
(Mann) Chapter 8: Murderers, Rapists and Drug Addicts
*Stereotyping of Blacks by the Media
(Mann) Chapter 18: The Black Bogeyman and White Self-Righteousness
*Impact of Images on the Criminal Justice System
(Parillo) Chapter 11: Hispanic Americans
*Social Indicators of Hispanic Progress
Film: Second Generation Hispanics
(Mann) Chapter 14: Immigrant Bashing and Nativist Political Movements
English Only Movement in the U.S.
(Parillo) Chapter 13: Women As a Minority Group
Film: Killing Us Softly
(Parillo) Chapter 13: Women as a Minority Group (continued)
*Socialization and Gender Roles
*Todays Minority Women
*Social Indicators of Womens Status
Gays/Lesbians as a Minority Group
*Hand-out: Myths About Gays and Lesbians
*Discussion: The Whole World Was Watching
Film: Assault on Gay America
Aguirre, Adalberto & Turner, Jonathan H. (2001), American Ethnicity: The Dynamics
and Consequences of Discrimination, 3rd, New York: McGraw-Hill.
Campo-Flores, Arion, Brown Against Brown, Newsweek, September 18, 2000.
Cole, David The Color of Justice, The Nation, October 11, 1999.
Mills, Hendrik A Deadly Mix, American Enterprise, November/December
Rothenberg, Paula (2002) White Privilege, New York: Worth Publishers
Seelye, H.(1996) Between Cultures: Development of Self-identity in a World of
Diversity, Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishers.
Spivey, Donald(2003) Fire from the Soul: A History of the African American
Struggle, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.
Staples, Robert (1999). The Black Family. Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing.
Wade, Peter(1997) Racism in Latin America, Chicago: Pluto Press.