SOCI140 Peoples of America

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology

I. Course Number and Title
SOCI140 Peoples of America
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
The sociological and historical study of ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in the United States. Attention is given to past and present status of these groups as it relates to an understanding of intergroup dynamics in today's society.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To gain an historical knowledge of immigrant patterns, political responses and economic consequences.
    2. To develop a sociological understanding of group dynamics: conflict, struggle, cooperation and change.
    3. To appreciate our own ethnic, religious and racial roots.
    4. To heighten our respect for the diversity of America's peoples.
    5. To understand the social, political and economic problems which result from, and cause, intergroup conflict.
    6. To achieve a real world understanding of the diversity of American culture.
    7. To recognize the global patterns of group conflict by comparing it to the US experience.
    8. To improve analytical and writing skills.
    9. To become more perceptive, informed, and critical of our own society.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. The peoples of colonial America: Natives, Colonists and Africans
    2. The "century of immigration" from 1820 to 1924: from Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe, as well as China and Japan
    3. Twentieth century immigration from Europe, Asia and the Americas
    4. Nativism: from the 1840's to the 1990's
    5. Racism, ethnicism and religious bigotry: past and present
    6. Diversity in America today: melting pot or mosaic?
    7. The Great Divide: Rich and Poor in America
    8. "Other Peoples" of America: the old, the sick, disabled and criminal
    9. Sexual minorities: gays and lesbians, their lifestyles, conditions, and rights
    10. City people and suburbanites: them against us
    11. The economics of jobs, immigration, discrimination, and scapegoatism
    12. Public policy: from the bill of rights, immigration laws, and civil rights acts
    13. The future of the American People: "Can we just get along?"
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. Text: Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity by Roger Daniels
    2. Supplementary booklist provided to students in class
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lecture, discussion, film, and guest speakers

Review/Approval Date - 10/98