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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Ethnic Relations in the United States
Course: AFR202

First Term: 2006 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Basic concepts and processes, including historic overview, of inter-ethnic relations in the United States: culture, race, ethnicity, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, racism, assimilation, acculturation, and individual and group responses to inter-ethnic 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 inter-ethnic 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 inter-ethnic relations in the United States. (VII)
11. Incorporate concepts of inter-ethnic relations into an understanding of a specific area of interest. (VIII)
12. Formulate predictions regarding the future of inter-ethnic relations in a changing United States society. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Importance of understanding inter-ethnic 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 inter-ethnic 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 inter-ethnic 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 inter-ethnic relations
   A. Community
   B. Workplace
   C. Institutions
IX. Future of interethnic relations in the U.S.
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 12/13/2005

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