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ETH 101 - Ethnic and Diversity Studies

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This introductory survey course introduces students to the field of study related to ethnicity and diversity.  Students learn about differences attributed to people based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, body adornment, physical ability, mental ability or cultural background. These perceived differences are the social, emotional, cultural and historical forces that have shaped the development of America’s ethnic and minority groups over the last 500 years. Students develop an understanding of the factors that create the attitudes and behaviors of Americans in relationship to those who are perceived to be different.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the particular histories of different cultural groups in the United States.
  2. Compare the truth and the historical myths of the “settlement” and development of the United States.
  3. Articulate the mythology surrounding perceived differences of people belonging to so-called minority groups.
  4. Explain the historical development of violent behavior in the United States.
  5. Analyze information with regard to specific cultural or minority perspectives.
  6. Articulate how sexual identity and orientation theories are constructed and reconstructed over time.
Listed Topics
  1. Culture: What it is and is not
  2. Patterns of cultural behaviors in the United States
  3. Identification of various cultural groups in the United States
  4. The historical exclusion of various groups in the founding of the United States
  5. Societal-sanctioned violence used in the “settlement” of the United States
  6. Exploration of various forms of sanctioned and unsanctioned violence in the United States; domestic, racial (lynching), medical, economic, LGBTQ+ based, gender-based
  7. African American history
  8. The rise and fall of Black Wall Street
  9. Southern Jim Crow laws and Northern Jim Crow customs
  10. The Tuskegee experiment; The Tuskegee Airmen
Reference Materials
Textbook/materials as required by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/14/2021

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