Ethnic Thought and Culture
Students will identify and analyze ways in which social/cultural factors shape how we think about and
experience race, class, and gender, as well as how our ideas about such are subject to change. Also, students will
experience and analyze literature, films, music, paintings, and other arts of various cultures. Topics covered will include
the role of art, art theories across cultures, and the politics of art. Students will demonstrate knowledge of various cultures
through critical evaluation of one's own and others' cultures, done primarily through observation, discussion, and writing.
Writing will include both informal (journal) and formal (discussion board communications, short essay response, and
research essay). Formal writing will display effective organization and development, grammar and mechanics, and style
appropriate for a general college audience. Students will also participate actively and effectively in the process
observation, discussion, researching, developing arguments, and writing about ethnic thought and culture.
Rothenberg, Paula S.
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States,
Ed., Worth Publishers: NY 2007.
Paperback dictionary, thesaurus, and English handbook
Attendance: Plan on spending at least 15 hours each week, reading the text and
instructor and student postings, as well
as completing and posting the various assignments. Also, it's expected that students log into the classroom at least five
days each week. This is important to note, since Angel tracks each student's logins and openings of documents and
postings. Online classes, while providing flexibility within the day, are still demanding in terms of daily attendance. Also,
while time may be "saved" in terms of transportation, they often involve far more time in terms of online discussion. If this
is your first online class, be prepared to spend even more than 15 hours as you adjust to working within Angel. Having on
hand the Technical Assistance hotline (provided on your home page) can be helpful!
General Class Assignments: General class work refers to all other Humanities 106 work that is not your journal, your
Cultural Reports, or your research project. General class work thus refers to all other activities, including reading,
Discussion Board discussion, postings, research, process writing, etc.
Thoughtful preparation and respectful participation in meeting both assigned and self-determined tasks and challenges in
writing essays, Discussion Board assignments, and replies to peers; and in reading the text, lessons, and all discussion
Recognition and understanding of respectful, effective communication criteria, i.e., of the qualities reflected in effective
discussions, presentations, and compositions, as well as mastery of preparing and assessing discussions, presentations, and
compositions for those criteria, particularly about race, class, and gender in the U.S.