SOCI 2008 – CULTURAL DIVERSITY – Section W1


Course Description –
This course is designed to engage students in critical thought and discussion about race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and physical differences and their intersections. The course involves weekly discussions, critical evaluation, and reflection of the subjects that are covered in the assignments. The course topics expose students to knowledge and understanding of the positive role of cultural and physical diversity in their lives.

Pre-requisite –

  • N/A

Required Course Resources –
Text: Parrillo, Vincent N., Stranger to These Shores: Race Relations in the United States, 8th Ed., Allyn & Bacon, Boston, 2005.

Course Learning Objectives –

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of concepts in both verbal and written expression.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of theories and theoretical perspectives.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply concepts, theories, and theoretical perspectives.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply research findings to one’s own personal opinions.
  5. Students will engage in dialogue around difference and similarity, including the social locations of race, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, and ability
  6. Students will critique the work of eminent scholars who are engaged in the articulation of multicultural education, respect for diversity, global literacy and cultural competence
  7. Students will interact with other students around controversial issues and learn to articulate one’s personal position in an atmosphere of positive engagement
  8. Students will reflect on one’s future role as a member of a multicultural and global society
  9. Students will understand various forms of prejudice and discrimination as well as the social, political, and economic mechanisms that perpetuate them.

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