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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG2 - Late Spring 8-week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 270
Course Title: *Minority Cultures and Relations
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Survey of historical and contemporary minority-majority relations among various racial, ethnic and gender groups. Focus on the social construction of race and ethnicity. Cross-listed as ANTH 270.  G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.


Race, Class & Gender: An Anthology 9th edition
Author: Andersen & Hill (Wadsworth)
ISBN: 9781305093614

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and explain the origin of minority group status and the significance contact situations.
  2. Evaluate the major forms of minority/majority relations including discrimination, segregation, assimilation, pluralism, and separatism.
  3. Describe the current majority/minority relations in the US, along racial/ethnic lines, as well as gender and sexuality
  4. Describe and explain institutional discrimination in all major society institutions.
  5. Explain changing demographics in the United Sates and the effect that will have on all aspects of society (the demographic breakdown of our classrooms, neighborhoods, workplaces)

Additional Instructor Objectives

  • To learn about alternative points of view on important social issues
  • To critically and constructively engage in thinking and discussion about controversial social topics
  • To participate in discussions in an intelligent and respectful manner
  • To practice the use of digital technology in educational development

Special Course Requirements

This course utilizes the D2L learning management system. We will be taking quizzes and submitting written work electronically. The course will also require the use of digital text editing software, such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer. If you are not already familiar with these tools, you will develop skills in using them throughout the course.
The course requires an average amount of reading and writing for a social science course. It covers what some might consider controversial social and political topics, and it requires participation in discussions of these topics. Therefore, as a student you will be responsible for coming to our class meetings having read assigned readings and completed all assigned work, and you must come prepared to keep an open mind and participate in intellectually honest and respectful discussion.

Instructional Methods

Class meetings contain a mixture of lecture and discussion. During lecture, the focus will be primarily on explaining conceptual material covered in assigned readings. Discussion will be used to further clarify points from readings and apply these ideas to better understand important events and experiences of our everyday lives. Therefore, attendance is very important. The best grades are generally earned by students who attend all classes, complete readings in a timely manner, take good notes, and make an effort to participate in class discussions.
1) Our class will be most interesting if we can engage in good discussions that represent the diversity of viewpoints that exist among us and that characterize many of the social and cultural issues we will be addressing. Each of us can support this in three important ways.

  • First, participate in discussions. Feel free to express your viewpoints, to challenge others, to ask questions and to question assumptions. No one person or viewpoint should dominate (this would take folks who do not leave room for others as well as folks who would deny their own voice and opinions). Do not run over others, and do not let others run over you.
  • Second, there will be no such thing as a politically-correct viewpoint in our class. There is no existing bias to the left or to the right, to doomsday or utopian visions of the future, or to any political orientation. Although the instructor has his own opinions, I am neither a proselytizer nor omnipotent. I appreciate well-defended arguments and clearly-expressed thoughts. As we shall discover, it is difficult to say what is the right or wrong answer to most of the very complex issues with which we will be dealing. So we will strive to be tolerant, and most of all we will strive to be informed. Whatever our values and beliefs are, we want to be able to critically express them in a reasonable manner with the greatest amount of evidence and authority.
  • Third, the issues we will be covering in this class are often controversial and there may be times when one individual will disagree strongly with another’s opinion. This should not be a problem as long as we remember a few basic ground rules: (1) everyone has a right to speak and to be heard; (2) disagreements over issues should not be expressed, or taken, as personal attacks; and, (3) there is no single, correct answer to most, if not all, of these issues.

2) If you are ever having any problems or difficulties with this class, or if you have any private opinions or comments about the course that you do not want to share in public, please come and talk with me outside of class. I am particularly concerned about situations in which students are having difficulty understanding concepts or readings but do not (understandably) wish to admit this. I am also especially concerned about students who feel a particular viewpoint (usually their own) has no place in the discussion. PLEASE, do not let your concerns, questions, or troubles fester and become insurmountable. Come and talk. I am very willing to be flexible in arranging a time to meet with you.

3) The readings listed for particular classes in the class schedule should be completed prior to attending class that day. Our course will work out well for everyone only if you keep up with the readings on the syllabus, attend class sessions, complete all assignments, and adequately prepare for participation in class. There is a relatively constant flow of readings and assignments; it is critical that you keep to the schedule. The easiest way for you to keep pace will be to find the time to do part of an assignment or reading or work a little bit each day. The requirements for this course are moderate (and not especially easy nor difficult), but the tasks do require serious thought/effort and will seem much more difficult if you do not work on them on a regular basis.

In keeping with the idea that it is important to stay current with coursework as it is outlined on the syllabus, written assignments must be submitted on the due date listed for full credit. Partial credit may be given for late assignments. Adjustments in points possible for late assignments will be made in accordance with the amount of time the assignment is past due, given the individual circumstances of the student, and at the discretion of the instructor. That being the case, it will always be to your advantage to turn in your assignments on time; but, it will also almost always be to your advantage to turn in your assignments late versus not turning them in at all.

Graded Activities

Video Analysis100 Points11.4% of grade
Description -

Provide a brief overview of an historical topic presented in the video "The House We Live In" that you will discuss in your analysis. Provide a brief, yet detailed explanation of the contemporary relevance of this topic and its meaning to you. (800 words)

Method of Evaluation -

Provides a brief and accurate account of at least one historical race-related issue in the United States. Properly relates the issue to contemporary race relations in the United States through discussion of current events and/or material introduced in readings, lectures, and class discussion. Clearly explains the relevance of the issue to individual experience.

Weekly Discussion Forums in D2L80 Points9.1% of grade
Description -

Throughout the course, there will be short assignments posted in the Discussion section of D2L. Students are responsible for following the instructions of the assignment for each week and participating in the discussion in that week's forum. Students must submit an original post and provide two meaningful replies to the posts of two other students. Initial posts must be made by 11:59 PM Friday of the week they are assigned and points will be assigned weekly for all posts made by 11:59 PM the following Sunday. In other words, you have until Sunday evening to provide your responses to your peers' original posts.

Method of Evaluation -

Participation in each week's discussion will be worth 10 points. Posts will be evaluated for relevancy, clear comprehension of the content of the assignment, and meaningfulness of replies.

Focus Group Discussions150 Points17% of grade
Description -

On three occasions, the instructor will facilitate discussions of assigned readings and other course content during class meetings. These discussions will provide you with opportunities to share and further elaborate your assessments of the content in our assigned readings. These discussions will also allow you to listen to other people's interpretations and analyses of these works. The instructor will provide specific questions in advance of these meetings to stimulate thought during reading and preparation. The instructor will also keep record of student participation in class discussion and assign points accordingly.

Method of Evaluation -

Points will be assigned to individual contributions to our discussions. Contributions will be evaluated according to their relevancy to the discussion, depth of thought and observation, and level of comprehension of content.

Reaction Papers100 Points11.4% of grade
Description -

Throughout the course, we will be reading short chapters, or articles, that integrate discussion of current and historical events and social theories on race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality, among other things. On two occasions you will submit a summary of your reaction to the analyses presented in select articles. (600 words)

Method of Evaluation -

Papers will be evaluated for depth and coherency in the discussion of the analyses and issues explored in the articles. Although opinions are welcome, they need to be supported by evidence and sound logic. The reaction paper should draw connections between points made in the analyses in the articles and your own perspectives, whether they support or challenge the perspectives of the authors.

Quizzes250 Points28.4% of grade
Description -

There are four quizzes over material covered in the readings, lectures, and discussions throughout the session.

Method of Evaluation -

Quizzes comprise multiple choice and short answer questions.

Self-Reflection Essay150 Points17% of grade
Description -

Use material covered during the course to analyze your position in a racialized, gendered, and otherwise stratified world. Explore your experiences with privilege from the perspective of a member of a minority and/or dominant group. Discuss possible changes in your position that you have experienced in the past and/or those that might come in the future as you work towards your personal and professional goals. (1250 - 1500 words)

Method of Evaluation -

A quality submission includes thoughtful reflection on your own culture, current social position, and future goals. It must also demonstrate comprehension of course material through appropriate integration of key concepts, or ideas, from the course in a discussion of your own experiences and viewpoints on relevant social issues.

In-class Activities50 Points5.7% of grade
Description -

Occasionally, students may be asked to submit their notes on a particular topic, complete a worksheet or exercise, or participate in a small group activity during a class meeting.

Method of Evaluation -

Points earned for participation in these activities and based on your ability to demonstrate, written and/or verbally, comprehension of key concepts.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Meeting 1
Introduction to the class: What is Minority Cultures and Relations about?; and, Why Race, Class, and Gender Still Matter

Introductions, introduction to the course, lecture, presentation of Video Analysis assignment, and video.


Pages 1 - 14 and Articles 1 - 5.


Weekly Discussion Forum: Introduction and Discussion 1

Meeting 2
Systems of Power and Inequality; and, Race and Racism



Pages 51 - 73 and Articles 6 - 9


DUE: Video Analysis
Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 2


QUIZ: The first quiz will be posted in D2L at the end of this meeting. It will comprise multiple choice and short answer questions over the material we have covered in the course thus far. Once you enter the quiz, you will have one hour to complete it. It must be completed prior to the beginning of class next Wednesday.

Meeting 3
Focus Group Discussion; and, Class and Inequality

The first half of this meeting is dedicated to discussion of material we have covered in the course during the previous two weeks, including the content of D2L discussions.
The second half of this meeting is dedicated to lecture related to the reading assigned for today.


Articles 10 - 15


Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 3

Meeting 4
Ethnicity, Immigration, and Nationality; Gender and Sexism; and, Sexuality and Heterosexism



Articles 16 - 30


Due: Reaction Paper 1
Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 4


QUIZ: The second quiz will be posted in D2L at the end of this meeting It will comprise multiple choice and short answer questions over the material we have covered in the course since the first quiz. Once you enter the quiz, you will have one hour to complete it. It must be completed prior to the beginning of our next Wednesday meeting.

Meeting 5
Focus Group Discussion; and, The Structure of Social Institutions

The first half of this meeting is dedicated to discussion of material we have covered in the course during the previous two weeks, including the content of D2L discussions.
The second half of this meeting is dedicated to lecture related to the reading assigned for today.


Pages 249 - 262


Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 5

Meeting 6
Work and Economic Transformation; Families; and, Education

Lecture and In-class Activity related to stigma and identity.


Articles 31 - 43


Due: Reaction Paper 2
Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 6


QUIZ: The third quiz will be posted in D2L at the end of this meeting. It will comprise multiple choice and short answer questions over the material we have covered in the course since the second quiz. Once you enter the quiz, you will have one hour to complete it. It must be completed prior to the beginning of class next Wednesday.

Meeting 7
Focus Group Discussion; and, Media and Popular Culture

The first half of this meeting is dedicated to discussion of material we have covered in the course during the previous two weeks, including the content of D2L discussions.
The second half of this meeting is dedicated to lecture related to the reading assigned for today.


Articles 44 - 48


Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 7

Meeting 8
Bodies, Beauty and Sports; and, the Final Quiz



Articles 49 - 52


DUE: Self-Reflective Essay
Weekly Discussion Forum: Discussion 8


QUIZ: The final quiz will be taken in seat during the second half of our regular class meeting time today. It comprises multiple choice and short answer questions over the material we have covered in the course.


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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