KIN169.GreensheetS2010 - San Jos State University...

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San José State University KIN/HS 169, Diversity, Stress, and Health, Spring 2010 Instructor: Tamar Semerjian, Ph.D. Office Location: SPX 72 Telephone: (408) 924-3069 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: T 1:30-2:30 pm; W 12:30-1:30 pm; Th 2:00-3:00 pm & by appointment Class Days/Time: T/Th 10:30 am-11:45 am Classroom: YUH 201A Prerequisites: Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST); Upper Division Standing (56 units); Completion of CORE GE; Courses to meet Areas R, S, and V of SJSU Studies must be taken from three different departments, or distinct academic units . GE/SJSU Studies Category: SJSU Studies-Area S Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at or accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page. You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU. Course Description The impact of structured inequalities and related psychosocial and environmental stressors on the health and social status of diverse groups. Analysis of social actions and behavioral interventions that lead to greater equality, as well as mediate stress and optimize health. Course Premise, Goals, and Student Learning Objectives Premise Diverse racial and cultural groups that encounter prejudice and structured inequalities experience a form of social injustice that results in triple jeopardy. First, their experiences with prejudice, discrimination, and structured inequalities often result in unequal access to, and ownership of, various resources (e.g., social support, health care, employment and Page 1 of 16
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educational opportunities, financial and corporate advancement opportunities). Second, their experiences of inequality are invariably associated with chronic psychosocial and environmental stressors (e.g., social alienation, language barriers, cultural conflicts, violent neighborhoods, exposure to chemical hazards, overcrowded housing) that are often disruptive to a person’s lifestyle and productivity in the work environment. Third, the chronic stressors experienced by racial and cultural groups often result in health-related disorders and/or illnesses. Goals Students will study the interrelationship of individuals, racial/ethnic groups, and cultural groups to understand and appreciate issues of diversity, equality, and structured inequalities in the U.S., its institutions, and its culture within the context of stress and health. How one’s identity, behavior, and health are shaped by cultural and social influences in the contexts of equality and inequality will be addressed throughout the course. From both a theoretical and experiential perspective, students will study behavioral interventions, social actions, and positive interactions that: (a) diminish or eliminate inequalities and related stressors;
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