This course examines contemporary scholarship on race/ethnic relations and addresses issues of racial/ethnic identities, gender inequality, and disability discrimination. It will examine social stratification by looking at various public policy arenas, social institutions, and the history of group marginalization. The course employs case studies, various readings, and theoretical and empirical literature on racial/ethnic relations, gender, and disability issues.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course is helpful if the student plans on living, ministering, or working in the U.S. It explores the dynamics of the multicultural paradigm and provides a Christian perspective on what the role of the church of Jesus Christ should be. The course fundamentally assumes two things: first, all Christians are called to be the “Salt and Light” of the world and this responsibility is not limited to those that look and act like us and, second, changing population demographics is rapidly creating a “look and feel” to the U.S. that is representative of all people groups.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain how American society has been and continues to be shaped by the interaction of diverse groups.
- Integrate and critically evaluate the literature on multicultural diversity, including an understanding of the unique worldviews of diverse groups.
- Identify behaviors, whether overt or covert, which create a hostile environment for any member of a people group recognized as oppressed.
- Develop a biblical rationale and a strategy of diplomacy as it relates to divisive issues such as affirmative action, white privilege, role of women, and disability accommodations.
- Explain how various minority communities preserve and express their culture of origin as well as processes of acculturation by which they incorporate aspects of the broader U.S. culture.
- Explain the impact disability has on the social context, family, race, and ethnicity and how to serve the needs of this population.
- Analyze the role government, laws, and movements have on the disability community.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to present reasoned discussion of multicultural issues in a manner consistent with current formatting guidelines.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread of at least 400 words. The thread must include at least one citation from our textbook. The student will then reply with at least 200 words each to 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. Each reply must cite and reference our textbook for support. All citations for the forums must be completed in current APA formatting. (MLO: A, C, D, E, F, G, H)
Research Paper: Title Page and Topic Assignment
The student will create a research paper for this course. For this assignment, the title page and topic rationale for the paper are to be completed. The title page must conform to current APA formatting guidelines and will serve as the title page for the Final Paper. The topic rationale must be a 1–2-paragraph rationale explaining the reasons the topic was chosen. (MLO: B, C, E, H)
Research Paper: Abstract and Outline Assignment
The student will submit an Abstract of his/her Final Paper. The Abstract must be a 1-paragraph summary of the Final Paper that consists of approximately 150–250 words. Follow current APA formatting. The student will also submit a tentative outline beneath the abstract. (MLO: B, C, E, H)
Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment
The student will submit an Annotated Bibliography for his/her Final Paper. The Annotated Bibliography will be a collection of 1-paragraph summaries of the articles the student plans to use in the Final Paper. The Annotated Bibliography must include at least 10 peer-reviewed journal resources. The annotations must include the full and current APA format and must be listed in alphabetical order. (MLO: B, C, E, H)
Case Study Assignment
The assignment provides 3 scenarios from which the student may choose 1 to develop into a Case Study. The student will discuss how he/she would proceed with the client. Interaction with at least 3 peer-reviewed resources in the discussion is required. The sources must be cited according to current APA format in the body of the paper as well as on the reference page. This paper must be 5-7 pages, use current APA format, and include a title page and reference page. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)
Research Paper: Final Paper Assgnment
The Final Paper must be 8-10 pages on the topic previously submitted. The paper must include a title page, abstract page, and reference page. This paper must be supported with at least 10 peer-reviewed journal resources. Current APA format must be used for this assignment. (MLO: B, C, E, H)