Cultural Diversity –

eth125

(3 credits)

This course is designed to educate students about issues of race, ethnicity, and gender in the United States by presenting historical and modern perspectives on diversity.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Key Concepts of Diversity

  • Define diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
  • Identify key terms and sociological concepts related to diversity.
  • Describe the function and purpose of labeling groups of people.

Recognizing Stereotypes and Prejudice

  • Identify various stereotypes of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, and disability.
  • Describe the effects of stereotyping.
  • Compare stereotyping with prejudice.

Identifying Discrimination in the United States

  • Describe your perspective regarding your personal racial, ethnic, cultural, or social background.
  • Identify the causes of discrimination.
  • Describe discrimination from both a personal and historic view.

Ethnic Differences

  • Describe the experiences of various religious and ethnic groups throughout U.S. history.
  • Evaluate the role religion plays in U.S. culture.
  • Identify sources of prejudice and discrimination toward religious and ethnic groups.

Diversity and Race, Part I: Historical

  • Describe the political, social, and cultural issues and concerns involving race throughout U.S. history.
  • Describe the historical experiences of various racial groups in the United States.
  • Identify significant historical legislation relating to racial and ethnic discrimination.

Diversity and Race, Part II: Social

  • Describe the interactions between racial groups in contemporary America.
  • Identify contemporary causes of racial prejudice and discrimination.
  • Describe persisting social inequities based on race.

Gender and Sexual Orientation

  • Describe the historical and contemporary status of women in the United States.
  • Identify various concepts and constructions of both masculinity and femininity.
  • Describe the historical and contemporary status of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States.
  • Identify social and political issues relevant to women and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States.

Age and Disability

  • Describe the status of people with disabilities in U.S. society, from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
  • Identify legislative acts related to age discrimination and disability discrimination.
  • Describe the issues faced by the aging population in the United States.

Advantages and Challenges

  • Explain the challenges of a society made up of diverse people.
  • Describe the advantages of a society made up of diverse people.
  • Describe ways to reduce prejudice.

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