NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Race and Ethnic Relations

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Race and Ethnic Relations
    B. Course Number: SO 233 - 10361
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Wallace, Paula
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address: pwallace@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 7:00:00 PM-7:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 3:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 6:30:00 PM-6:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual office hours for 30 minutes 4 days a week. If I have an emergency and can't make it, I will send an announcement. Additionally, I am always available by phone (575-513-7393) or a convenient (for you) virtual conference appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course will provide a sociological analysis of the status of the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States from the viewpoint of the major sociological perspectives. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge, information and insights about major cultural groups in the United States. It will study and discuss various ethnic, religious, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation groups. Awareness can lead to understanding. Students should be aware of current events pertinent to topics.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico, Texas, and other post-secondary schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year institution.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Racial & Ethnic Groups,(14th Edition). Richard T. Schaefer, author. Pearson Publishing, ISBN 978-0-13-377099-5

    Suggested:

    Glenn, C., Gray L., Harbrace Essentials. Cengage Learning, 2nd ed., ISBN 13-978-1-285-45181-7
    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

     

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

                                                                                  90 - 100%           =             A

                                                                                  80 -   89%           =             B

                                                                                  70 -   79%           =             C

                                                                                  60 -   69%           =             D

                                                                                    0 -   59%           =             F

    This class will be run as a facilitated seminar, drawing from the text readings and images, experiences and perspectives of the students, and class discussions. Weekly chapter assignments are to be read. Passing the course without reading and using the textbook is impossible as many of the activities, all of the discussions, quizzes, and exams will come from the textbook's information. 

    1800-2000= A

    1600-1799= B

    1400-1699= C

    1200-1399= D

    <1199=F
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    20pts x (5) Module Zero activities =100pts (required to move on in the class)

    50pts x (16) Discussions=800pts

    25pts x (16) Practice Quizzes=400pts

    75pts x (4) Exam Preparation Activities=300 pts

    100pts x (4) Exams=400pts

    All course work is due on the due date by 11:59pm to receive full credit. Modules are open for 10 days. There is an additional three day grace period to turn in activities, and complete quizzes. For each day they are completed after the due, you lose 10% of the value. After three days no late work is accepted. Additionally, exams or discussions can only be completed in the set timeframe. The only exceptions are hospitalization or funeral attendance. Hospitalization requires a hospital release form and the funeral excuse requires your name be listed in the obituary.

    Important information!! Respondus lockdown browser is used in this course for quizzes and exams. You will need to download it on the computer you use to take quizzes and exams or make sure it is downloaded on the computers in the lab use to take quizzes and exams. The directions for downloading are in the course information module in Canvas.

    CANVAS The recommended programs for accessing Canvas on your home computer is either Firefox or Google Chrome. The most compatible software is Microsoft Word or Google Docs when writing papers to be uploaded to Canvas. If you do not have these programs, consider using a NMJC computer or converting your document prior to submission. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software or please use a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet will not work in Canvas. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC. The Canvas Help Desk is a good resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199. If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments. Grades will be maintained in Canvas via a point system and students are encouraged to check their progress regularly. Module Zero: The first week of class complete Module Zero in Canvas for a good overview of how the system works and to familiarize yourself with Canvas. This is a graded assignment and a requirement. Instructor Response Time: I will make every effort to grade work in a timely manner. With large classes, this could take a while, but every effort will be made to report grades within 48 hours after due date. This class opens itself up to discussion on current events. Students should be aware of them and be prepared to discuss them. There are no wrong opinions, just a lack of any opinion at all. We will always be courteous of each other and agree to disagree on some topics. Some topics are sensitive and tact will be required. Students should be prepared to participate and exercise critical thinking.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page . Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor's office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:


    A. Identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.


    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.


    C. Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.


    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavior sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments. Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES


    1. Provide a clear and concise set of definitions and terms related to race and ethnicity. Students should have an understanding of the theoretical perspectives of the study of race and ethnicity.

    2. Describe and be aware of the problem of prejudice and discrimination. Have an understanding of the theories of why prejudice and discrimination continue to be present in our society and the theories of why we still contend with these issues.

    3. Explore the immigration issue and the evolution of how we have arrived with the current government policy.

    4. Explore the different ethnicities and religious backgrounds in their history and the contribution they made to the US.

    5. Prove that something positive can be done about the resolution of negative issues related to race and ethnic relations.

    6. Instill a sense that negative issues can be resolved, while at the same time tempering this optimism with a realistic understanding of the difficulties involved in achieving this end.

    7. Examine why the human race has such a difficult time in achieving peace and harmony via the main sociological perspectives of symbolic interactionism, functionalism, and conflict theories.


  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by TBA. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE
  14. COURSE OUTLINE
    Week/Chapter

    Ends/Due

    11:59PM

    Summary

    Week 1

    1-21-18

    Introduction:

    ·                   Course Information Module - Contains important information and how to navigate and locate assignments

    ·                   Module Zero - Brief assignments to help develop understanding of working online (using Canvas) and the course and to submit basic information (Internet students)

    Chapter 1:  Exploring Race and Ethnicity

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 2

    1-28-18

    Chapter 2:  Prejudice

    ·                   Discussion in class or online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 3

    2-4-18

    Chapter 3: Discrimination

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    •     Exam 1 (Ch 1-3) Preparation Activity

    Week 4

     

    2-11-18

    ·                   Exam 1 (Ch 1-3)


    Chapter 4: Immigration

    • Discussion online
    • Practice Test (2 attempts)

     

    Week 5

    2-18-18

    Chapter 5:  Ethnicity and Religion

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 6

    2-25-18

    Chapter 6:  Native American: The First Americans

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

     

    • Exam 2 (Ch 4-6) Preparation Activity
    • Exam 2 (Ch 4-6)

    Week 7

    3-4-38

    Chapter 7:   African Americans

    Chapter 8:   African Americans Today

    • Discussion online
    • Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 8

    3-11-18

    Chapter 9:  Latinos

    ·                   Discussion online

    •     Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 9

    3-18-18

    Chapter 10:  Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 10

    3-25-18

    Chapter 11:  Muslim and Arab Americans: Diverse Minorities

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 11

    4-1-18

    Chapter 12: Asian Americans: Growth and Diversity

    Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 12

    4-8-18

    Chapter 13:  Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 13

    4-15-18

    Chapter 14:  Jewish Americans: Quest to Maintain Identity

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    • Exam 3 (Ch 7-14) Preparation Activity

    Week 14

    4-22-18

    Exam 3 (Ch 7-14)

     

     

    Chapter 15:  Women: The Oppressed Majority

    ·                   Discussion online

    ·                   Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 15

    4-29-18

    Chapter 16:  Beyond the United States: The Comparative Perspective

    Chapter 17: Overcoming Exclusion

    • Discussion online

    ·                 Practice Test (2 attempts)

    Week 16

    5-6-18

    Exam 4 (Ch 15-17) Preparation Activity

     

    Exam 4 (Ch 15-17)

     Syllabus is subject to change. You will be notified of changes. Last update: 12-7-18