Course Abstract Details

DVTY-115, Diversity in the U.S.: Living in a Multicultural Society

Credits: 3

This is a General Education Course

Course Description

DVTY-115, Diversity In The U.S.: Living in a Multicultural Society, examines cultural diversity in America from an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on the relationship between dominant society and minority groups. These groups include not only racial and ethnic groups, but others disadvantaged by gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. While the primary disciplinary perspective of the course is sociological, the course integrates other social sciences (anthropology, economics and political science), as well as the humanities (arts, literature, history, and religion/philosophy). The course uses readings, discussion, case studies and class presentations to address issues that affect minority groups in contemporary American society. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

1. Identify and apply the key concepts sociologists use to analyze racial and ethnic relations. (GE 1,2; PG 1,2,3) 

2. Describe the historical experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., and compare and analyze how social, economic and political factors have impeded the progress of minority groups. (GE 1,2; PG 1,4) 

3. Through readings, class presentations and collaborative learning experiences compare the life experiences of different minorities and analyze how these experiences contribute to American society. (GE 1,2,4,7; PG 1,2,3,4) 

4. Describe and analyze the relationship between racism, sexism and ageism, and various social problems. (GE 1,2,4, 7; PG 1,2,4) 

5. Compare and contrast the impact of subordination of groups in the U.S with those in other countries, such as Mexico and Canada. (GE 1,2,6; PG 1,2,4) 

6. Describe current issues of racial, ethnic and gender controversy, such as institutional discrimination, immigration policy, freedom of religious expression and same-sex marriage, and work collaboratively to identify possible solutions. (GE 1,2,4,6,7; PG 1,2,3,4) t

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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