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Ethnic Relations in the United States
Course: ASB202

First Term: 2017 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Basic concepts and processes, including historic overview, of interethnic relations in the United States: culture, race, ethnicity, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, racism, assimilation, acculturation, and individual and group responses to interethnic contact. Cultural knowledge and intercultural communication skills and perspectives as fundamental tools for successful management of social relations in a multicultural world.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the importance of understanding ethnic relations in modern United States culture. (I)
2. Explain core concepts and principles of cultural anthropology. (II)
3. Explain core concepts related to race, ethnicity, and culture. (III)
4. Summarize a major anthropological theory or model of ethnic relations. (IV)
5. Compare and contrast the variety of ways in which groups adapt to a multicultural society. (V)
6. Compare and contrast individual adaptations to interethnic contact. (V)
7. Provide a historical perspective regarding various ethnic groups in the United States. (VI)
8. Analyze the impact of contact over time between various ethnic groups in the United States. (VI)
9. Compare and contrast the sociopolitical/economic factors in immigration to the United States for different ethnic groups. (VI, VII)
10. Describe and analyze in depth some of the major contemporary issues in interethnic relations in the United States. (VII)
11. Incorporate concepts of interethnic relations into an understanding of a specific area of interest. (VIII)
12. Formulate predictions regarding the future of interethnic relations in a changing United States society. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Importance of understanding interethnic relations in modern U.S. culture
II. Understanding culture and human behavior
III. Concepts of race, ethnicity, and culture
IV. Theory and models of ethnic relations
V. Intercultural contact
   A. Group adaptations
   B. Individual adaptations
VI. History of interethnic relations in the U.S.
   A. Native American
   B. European Americans
   C. Hispanics
   D. African-Americans
   E. Asian-Americans
   F. Other groups
VII. Contemporary issues in interethnic relations
   A. Prejudice and discrimination
   B. Affirmative Action and related programs
   C. Immigration
   D. Interplay of class and ethnic group
VIII. An applied perspective on interethnic relations
   A. Community
   B. Workplace
   C. Institutions
IX. Future of interethnic relations in the U.S.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 11/22/2016

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