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Revision Date: 29-May-24

Fall 2024 | SOC-1020-VU01 - Ethnicity & Diversity in the United States

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 06:00P - 09:00P
Semester Dates: 09-05-2024 to 12-12-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 12 (as of 07-21-24 4:05 PM)
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General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course explores aspects of ethnic, regional, racial, religious, and economic diversity as they influence contemporary United States society and culture. Students examine different assumptions and attitudes about diversity and examine the changing demographics of the United States population.

Essential Objectives

1. Define the social categories of ethnicity, race, class, and religion.
2. Describe the population of the United States in terms of its various racial, ethnic economic and religious components, and examine methods through which social scientists conduct research on these components.
3. Compare theories of social stratification and the resulting inequalities among different ethnic, race, class, and religious groups.
4. Explore cultural narratives about diversity in the United States, including those propagated by dominant and privileged cultures and those that originate within communities with less privilege.
5. Explain how cultural mythology rooted in white supremacy has shaped perceptions of race, stereotypes, and social privilege.
6. Analyze contemporary issues of power and privilege related to ethnicity, race, class, and religion in the United States
7. Identify how social institutions, including government, media, education, workplace employment, and religious communities, influence our perceptions and experiences of diversity.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

SOC-1020-VU01 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introductions - Getting Acquainted

Your Expectations - What Do You Expect to Learn? What Do YOU Bring to THIS Class? What are YOUR Experiences of/with Ethnicity and Diversity?

Discuss Syllabus

Class Guidelines

Your Suggestions for a Positive Learning Environment?

Defining: Ethnicity and Diversity - The UVM Wheel of Diversity.


Readings: Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Groups

Chapter 1: Exploring Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 2: Prejudice


Current Event 1: In one or two paragraphs, describe a cultural event (past or present) you were a part of or just attended as a guest. This is your weekly assignment; so please make sure that you either turn it in or email it to the instructor before the class.



Sources of Conflicts


Chapter 3: Discrimination

Chapter 4: Immigration


Current Event #2 - Define ethnicity and diversity. What forms of ethnicity and diversity do you see in this class? Length of this assignment: Two or three paragraphs.



Ethic and Religious Sources of Conflict


Chapter 5: Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Religion

Unpacking Ethnicity


Current Event # 3: Anything you learned about your own ethnicity? Please, share.



Major Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States


Chapter 6: Native Americans: First Americans.

European Contacts - Australian Aboriginal People - Relations Across Boundaries: The Hopi and Navajo Peoples - Economic Impact of Casino Gambling - Religious and Spiritual Expression - The Environment.


Current Event #4: Write a paragraph: Who was the first person/group of people to get in touch with Native Americans? Do some research.



Major Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States


Chapter 7: African Americans

Relations Across Boundaries: African Americans and American Indians

France Noire or Black France

The Challenges and Accomplishments of Black Leaders

Sundown Towns, USA - Reemergence of Black Protests - The Civil Rights Movement - Olympic Athletes Who Took a Stand - The Urban Stage - The New Immigration.


Current Event #5:

1. What is the Black Lives Matter Movement? What impact (if any) does it have on our society? Who is the First President of the United States? Just the name.

2. Mid-Term Paper: Discuss Topics and Select one on the provided list. Due Week 8 by midnight.



Continued - African Americans


Chapter 8: African Americans Today

Factors to look at: Education (Black Students Acting White? What motivation?) - Overall Economic Picture (Black Middle Class and Employment) - Family Life - Housing - Criminal Justice - Healthcare - Politics - Religious Beliefs.


Current Event # 6: How do African Americans used their religious beliefs to survive the hardships of slavery?



Major Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States - Continued


Chapter 9: Latinos: Growth and Diversity.

The Latino Identity - Reconciling Two Identities - Economic Picture and Education - English Language Acquisition - Political Presence - Religion - Cuban Americans - Central and South Americans (Immigration and Current Picture) - The Salvadorian Connection (The Current Picture).


Current Event # 7: Choose any Latino social group and say anything you know about them (1-2 paragraphs).



Major Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States.

Mid-term paper due today. No late submission accepted, except in extenuating circumstances.


Chapter 10: Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans.:

Mexican American Community Emerges and Mexican Americans Today - Immigrant Mexicans and U.S.-Born Mexican Americans - Mexican Hometown Associations - Puerto Rico: The Island - Puerto Rico Cannot be Silenced - Puerto Ricans Today.


Current Event # 8; In 1 or 2 paragraphs, please describe your view on Mexican Americans and the immigration.



Continued - Major Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States


Chapter 11: Muslim and Arab Americans: Diverse Minorities.

Identifying Arab, Muslim, and Middle Eastern Americans - Who Is "Arab American"?

Relations Across Boundaries: Muslim, Arab, and Jewish Americans - Black Muslims - Immigration to the United States - Islamophobia - Contemporary Muslim Life in the United States (Family Life and Gender, Education and Politics). Any idea about Muslims in France?


Current Event # 9: Talk to a Muslim friend, classmate, schoolmate about their experience being Muslims. Write 2 paragraphs about your conversation.



Major Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States


Chapter 12: Asian Pacific Americans: An Array of Nationalities.

Diversity, Political Activity and Pan-Asian Identity of Asian Americans - Is the Asian American community a Model Minority (Looking at factors such as educational level and economic status)? - Current Picture of Indian Americans and immigration - Arranged Marriages in America - Sugar Daddies - Forced marriages - Partership/Union or marriages? - Supported marriage (parents accepting and supporting children's choice) - Filipino Americans' immigration patterns and current picture - Korean Americans' historical background and current picture - Relations Black and Korean Americans - Southeast Asian Americans (The Refugees, current picture and Case Study: A Hmong Community - Book: And The Spirit Catches You and You Fall) - Hawai'i and the People (Historical Background and the Sovereignty Movement).


Current Event: What is your best Asian dish or restaurant and why (if any): 1 paragraph.



Major Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States.


Chapter 13: Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans:

Chinese Americans' early experience (Early settlement patterns and Chinatowns today) - Contemporary Chinese Americans' family life and employment - Tiger Mothers - Japanese Americans' early years (Immigration and wartime evacuation) - Executive Order 9066 - The Camps - Contemporary Japanese Americans: What evacuation means to them, economic picture and family status - Remnants of prejudice and discrimination - Statement of Liang Decision.


Current Event # 11: What are your views on China and Covid-19? (2 paragraphs).



Continued - Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States.


Chapter 14: Jewish Americans: The Quest to Maintain Identity.

Think About the Argentina Jewish Community.

Jewish People: Race, Religion or Ethnic Group?

Immigration of Jewish to the United States and the Anti-Semitism (Past and Present) - Jewish Contemporary Position (Employment and Income, Education and Political Activity) - Religious Life (Orthodox Tradition and Daily Life of the Orthodox) - The Neighborhood as a Moral Obstacle Course (The Reform Tradition) - The Jewish Identity (Role of the Family) - Intermarriage as the Final Step to Assimilation (Role of Religion and Role of Cultural Heritage)?


Current Event # 12: Who is a TRUE Jewish? (2 paragraphs).

Final Paper Topics Shared Today in Class.

Due Date: Last Class (12/12/23 by Midnight).



Other Patterns of Dominance


Chapter 15: Women: The Oppressed Majority;

Gender Roles - Sociological Perspectives - Feminist Movement.

men Doing Women's Work (Suffrage Movement - Women's Liberation Movement - Feminism Today) - The Economic Picture (Sources of discrimination) - Global View: Gender Inequality in Japan (Sexual harassment - Feminization of poverty) - Education and Family Life across the globe (Childcare and housework - The abortion issue: Should it be legal?).


Current Event # 13: How do you describe gender inequality in your country of origin? (2 paragraphs).



Other Patterns of Dominance - Continued.


Chapter 16: Beyond the United States: The Comparative Perspective:

Mexico: The Diversity South of the Border: The Mexican Indian People and the Color Gradient - The Status of Women.

Canada: Multiculturalism Up North: The First Nations - The Quebecois - Immigration and Race.

Brazil: Not a Racial Paradise: The "Racial Democracy" Illusion in Brazil - The Brazilian Dilemma.

Israel and the Palestinians: Arab-Israeli Conflicts - The Intifada - The Search for Solution amid Violence.

Republica of South Africa: The Legacy of Colonialism and Apartheid.

Africa, It Is Ours! (The Era of Reconciliation and Moving On) - Intergroup Contact and South Africa.


Current Event # 14: To you, who is the historical figure(s) of the south African liberation struggles and success? (2 paragraphs).


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Class participation is very important. Students will be graded based on the following:

Class Participation: 30%

Weekly Current Event: 25%

Mid-Term Paper: 20%

Final Paper: 25%

What to expect:

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester.

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session. Three lateness = One absence.
  • Complete all of the week's reading and assignments before the start of class. Come prepared to share.
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind. It's ok to agree to politely disagree.
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities. Speak and teach us.
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it. Do not sit on questions.
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work. Know that you can do it.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.