Syllabus_Ethnicity_Fall 09

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Syllabus Ethnicity and the Immigrant Experience in the United States (Soc 0835) Fall 2009 Sec. 3, 12:00-12:50, AC 4 Sec. 5, 11:00-11:50, WH 711 Sec. 6, 3:00-3:50, BB 207 Instructor: Raymond Halnon Office: Gladfelter 736 Office Telephone: 215-204-2074 E-mail address: [email protected] Office Hours: MWF 1:30-2:30 pm 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. Disability Statement: 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: http://policies.temple.edu/getdoc.asp?policy_no=03.70.02 . Required Texts 1) Myers, John P. Dominant-Minority Relations in America: Convergence in the New World . Second ed., Boston: Pearson, 2007. 2) Parrillo, Vincent N. Diversity in America . Third ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 2008. Course Policies 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 this independence and respect.
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