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HIS-207-20, Ethnic Groups in America (SP15)

INSTRUCTOR: Paula Rangel (prangel@ndm.edu)

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Tuesday/6:00 p.m. to 8:40 p.m., 1/27/15 - 5/12/15

CONTENT:

This course is a comprehensive exploration of immigration relative to specific ethnic groups and their assimilation/acculturation as well as their contributions to American society.  We will be exploring specifically four ethnic groups:  African-American; Native-American; Mexican-American and Jewish-American. We will examine not only historical factors but also political and social debate regarding immigration policies, language, customs, and fears with reference to immigration and ethnicity past, present and into the future. [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-a comprehensive knowledge of Ethnic groups in the United States through the lens of five specific groups

-examine the political and economic dynamics of differing ethnic groups

-Ability to conceptualize and analyze diversity throughout our history

-ability to analyze historical texts and sources

-a richer understanding of the cultural climate relating to the varying ethnic groups in the United States and legal issues pertaining to the various groups.

-understanding the complexities of assimilation/acculturation from generation to generation

METHODS:  

Lecture/internet (web enhanced)/hand-outs/documentaries/films

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

-If you will miss the first class, please contact me prior to class. 

-Attendance is important and no more than three absences are permitted; if you are going to miss a class, it must be documented.  You are responsible for obtaining information from the missed class from obtaining notes from a classmate.

The grading scale is: 96-100 = A+; 90-95 = A; 85-89 = B+; 80-84 = B; 75-79 = C+; 70-74 = C; 60-69 = D; 0-59 = F

-“A” level work is for excellent and exceptional work.  “B” level work is for above average work.  “C” level work is for average work.  “D” level work is for below average work. “F” level work is work that fails to meet any level of understanding and effort on assignments.

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:

-A Different Mirror, Ronald Takaki, Little, Brown & Company

-Genocide of the Mind:  New Native American Writing, MariJo Moore (Ed.), Nation Books

-Ten to Fifteen readings – Handouts or on Joule

-Any additional readings or videos or web sites will be posted on your syllabus

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

-A Different Mirror, Ronald Takaki, Chapters 1 & 2

-If there are any changes to the assignment for the first class, you will be notified via e-mail.