Summer Term

May 30 – August 12, 2006


COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:     Cultural Diversity – JUAD 3320

TIME   Wednesday – 6pm -10pm

INSTRUCTOR:         Margaret O’Toole Rogers

Contact information :        work 479-3311


Appointments:           Available by appointment

LOCATION:           Ft. Wainwright , Bldg. 1031, Room 8


COURSE DESCRIPTION: An overview of race relations and cultural diversity in the United States .




TEXTBOOK: Thinking About Race , Second Edition ; By: Naomi Zack


COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the conclusion of the course, successful students should be able to:

•  Discuss racial issues and apply philosophical methods to the problems;

•  Have a better understanding of issues of race in our country;

•  Identify minority groups and address possible solutions to the problem of race relations.


CLASSROOM ACTIVTIES: Four major methods will be utilized in the class to facilitate the students’ understanding the subject: 1) Lecture to gain a basic understanding of the elements of cultural diversity; 2) Readings to further elaborate on subject; 3) Group discussions to enhance lecture information; and 4) Student presentations and films.




Attendance: Attendance is required . Excessive late arrivals or early departures will be taken into consideration. Material will be discussed in class and included in the exams which is not in the book. It is the students’ responsibility to obtain any material missed by not attending class for any reason. The student must not miss any more than 25% of the class. This means that you may only miss a maximum of 4 classes. Any more misses may result in failure of the class. In case of TDY’s the instructor should be notified as soon as possible.


Readings : Assigned readings are to be completed prior to the class session for which they are assigned.

Class Participation: Class participation is required . Students who take an active role in the class will be credited for it. In some cases, if a student is on the border of a higher or lower grade, I will take class participation, or lack thereof, into account when determining final grades. Thus, if you participate, you will be in the position to help your grade.


Plagiarism Policy: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper is counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course.


Disability Policy: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified disable person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university.

Course Evaluation

Grading scale

A = 90 - 100%

B = 80 - 89%         I = For Incomplete

C = 70 - 79%         W = For Withdrawal

D = 60 - 69%

F = Below 60%

Grading Weight (based on 100 points possible)

Exam 1 = Test score       X 10% = 100 points

Exam 2 = Test score       X 10% = 100 points

Project = Grade         X 40% = 400 points

Final Exam = Test score       X 40% = 400 points

          Grand Total = 1000 points


Cultural Diversoty Projects

•  The project is to be long enough to properly demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the particular aspect of this class you have chosen to focus on (minimum of 8 and maximum of 10 pages).

•  Each student will present their project to the class – I expect 10-15 minute presentations with time for class comments – 2 nd to last class .

•  All projects must be pre-approved before they are started – By Class 3 , I would like a proposal from each of you – this can be a paragraph to a page briefly discussing your project topic.

•  All project are to be typed, double spaced, and of university quality.

•  I am looking for original thought and creativity of expression

•  Examples: Focus on a topic of interest to you:

•  Race issues

•  Women’s issues

•  Homosexual issues

•  Transracial families/interracial marriage

•  Affirmative Action

•  Race in the media

•  Any other topic that you feel is relevant

Cultural Diversity

Course Outline

(Tentative Schedule)


Class No. 1   5/31   Introductory Class


Class No. 2   6/7   NO CLASS – Read Chapter 1 – What is Race?

      Answer discussion questions 3 – 5 on page 13 – send answers via email to instructor


Class No. 3   6/14   NO CLASS – Read Chapter 2 – The Social Reality of Race

      Answer discussion questions 1 – 5 on page 23 – send answers via email to instructor

Project proposals due via e-mail (no class as instructor on vacation)


Class No. 4   6/21    Read Chapter 3 – Mixed Race

      Discussion of Chapters 1 - 3


Class No. 5   6/28   EXAM 1 – Chapters 1- 3

      Read Chapter 4 – Ethnicity


Class No. 6   7/5 Read Chapter 5 - Racism


Class No. 7   7/12    Read Chapters 6 – Public Policy and Affirmative Action


Class No. 8   7/19    Read Chapters 7 – 8 – Whiteness/Racial and Ethnic Identity


Class No. 9   7/26   EXAM 2 – Chapters 4 – 8

       Read Chapters 9 – 11 – Race and Gender/Race, Romance & Sexuality/Race & Class


Class No. 10   8/2   Presentation of Projects – each student will discuss their project for between 10-15

minutes – media aids are encouraged (please let me know in advance if you will need a TV/VCR or other device)

Papers Due

Question and Answer re: projects and areas of interest


Class No. 11   8/9   Final Exam – CUMULATIVE