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Fall 2012

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HUS204 - Human Diversity
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the definition of human diversity in American culture, including ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, poverty, and religion. Identifies the misinformation that perpetuates the exclusion of diverse groups from mainstream opportunities, and differentiates covert acts, institutional policies, and ideologies that promote the exclusion of diverse groups. Provides an awareness of the student's own diversity and how their feelings and worldviews might differ from other diverse groups, and how those differences may influence behaviors positively and/or negatively.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Based upon objective course examinations, class discussions, activities, and written assignments, upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1.Identify and discuss at least nine (9) important terms or labels of human diversity. (culture, heterogeneity, micro-cultures, cultural competence, discrimination, oppression, sexism, racism, prejudice).
2.Demonstrate self-awareness by identifying and discussing the cultural characteristics of their own culture.
3.Identify and discuss at least three (3) diverse groups in mainstream America (i.e., African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics, Women, and gay/lesbians) and how historical events have shaped the lives of those from the chosen groups.
4.Demonstrate knowledge of oppression and discrimination and its impact by applying the terms in #1 to at least three (3) diverse groups.
5.Discuss at least five (5) laws and how each impacts diverse groups. (Equal pay Act of 1963, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Education Amendment Act of 1972).
6.Apply one of the three theoretical frameworks (conflict, structural-functionalism, symbolic interaction) to the current social circumstances of at least one of the diverse groups under discussion.
7.Compare and contrast the benefits and limitation of at least two of the research methodologies traditionally used to study the effects of prejudice and discrimination in American society.
8.Describe and analyze, utilizing course concepts, at least one service learning project related to diversity that s/he participated in during the semester.
9.Demonstrate beginning cultural competency by interacting with and/or participating in at least one event hosted by a diverse group, or interviewing an individual from a diverse group, and identifying and discussing the cultural characteristics of that diverse group, while comparing and contrasting those differences to one's own culture.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Introduction to the Study of Minority Groups in the United States
II. Theoretical frameworks: conflict, structural functionalism, symbolic interaction
III. Prejudice and Discrimination
IV. Research designs in the study of prejudice and discrimination
V. African American Culture
VI. American Indian Culture
VII. Hispanic Americans
VIII. Asian Americans
IX. Gender
X. Sexual Orientation: Gays/Lesbians/bisexuals
XI. Applying study and experience to individual history

Effective Term: Fall 2012