Syllabus - Ethnicity and the Immigrant Experience in the United States (Soc 0835) - Spring 2011
Sec. 2, 11:00-12:20, AC 6
Sec. 8, 2:00-3:20, AC 3
Sec. 10, 9:30-10:50, AC 6
Instructor: Raymond Halnon
Office: Gladfelter 736
Office Telephone: 215-204-2074
Office Hours: TR 12:30-1:30 and by appointment
Course Description, Goals and Methods
This course is a sociological examination of the historical development and contemporary significance of
race and ethnicity in the United States. Through the study of race and ethnicity students learn to think
critically about the nature of society and social institutions, and the relationships among individuals and
groups. We will examine the social construction of race and ethnicity and the significance of race and
ethnicity in structuring social inequality. Topics include the sociological study of minorities, culture and
social structure, prejudice and discrimination, and dominant-minority relations. We will study the
historical and contemporary circumstances of numerous ethnic groups in the United States.
In this course, students learn by reading and reflecting on the assigned texts, listening thoughtfully to the
instructor's lectures, thoughtfully watching films shown in class, participating in class discussions and
activities, asking questions, and writing papers.
This course is open to all students who meet the academic requirements for
participation. Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should
contact the instructor privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability
Resources and Services at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations
for students with documented disabilities.
Statement on Academic Freedom
: Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of
academic freedom. The University has adopted a policy on Student and Faculty Academic Rights and
Responsibilities (Policy # 03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following link:
1) Myers, John P. Dominant-Minority Relations in America: Convergence in the New World
. Second ed.,
Boston: Pearson, 2007.
Parrillo, Vincent N.
Diversity in America
. Third ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press,
Policy on Academic Honesty
Temple University believes strongly in academic honesty and integrity. Plagiarism and academic cheating
are, therefore, prohibited. Essential to intellectual growth is the development of independent thought and
a respect for the thoughts of others. The prohibition against plagiarism and cheating is intended to foster