Race and Ethnic Relations


  2. A. Course Title: Race and Ethnic Relations
    B. Course Number: SO 233 - 10361
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Wallace, Paula
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 7:00:00 PM-7:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 3:30:00 PM-3:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 6:30:00 PM-6:30:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual office hours for 30 minutes 4 days a week. If I have an emergency and can't make it, I will send an announcement. Additionally, I am always available by phone (575-513-7393) or a convenient (for you) virtual conference appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will provide a sociological analysis of the status of the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States from the viewpoint of the major sociological perspectives. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge, information and insights about major cultural groups in the United States. It will study and discuss various racial and ethnic groups as well as religious, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation groups. Awareness can lead to understanding. Students should be aware of current events pertinent to topics.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico, Texas, and other post secondary schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year institution.



    Racial & Ethnic Groups,(15th Edition). Richard T. Schaefer, author. Pearson Publishing, ISBN 9780134736518.

    This book is digital and students must purchase the access code for this text. There are assignments inside the publishers learning platform, Revel, and the text is mandatory in order to complete those online assignments.

    If you also wish to purchase a standard book in a combo pack, that will be available in a limited quantity. ISBN for the combo is 9780135193280. It is NOT required however.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    This class will be run as a facilitated seminar, drawing from the text readings, experiences and perspectives of the instructor, students and class discussions. Assignments are to be read prior to the scheduled class time covering that topic. Your questions, comments and reactions to the reading assignments can be important contributions to our class discussions. Critical thinking is essential for success in this class and opinions are encouraged and in some instances required. All discussions will be civil in nature and opinions are useful as to establish critical thinking. This class covers race and ethnic relations and many topics of discussion can be sensitive and controversial.

    Exams: 5 @ 100 pts. 625 points
    Discussions: 17 @ 50 pts. 850 points
    Quizzes: 17 @ 25 pts 425 points
    Project: 1 @ 275 pts 275 points
    Module Zero 5 @ 25 pts 125 points
    Total points available 2300 points

    Five exams will be administered and cover textbook and lecture material. The 100 point Exams are multiple choice/short answer and essay. Exams will be taken on Canvas, the distance learning medium for NMJC. Exams will be timed in order to minimize cheating. Once you open the exam in Canvas, be prepared to complete it. Exams will be opened enough days that there should not be an excuse for missing the tests. Contact the instructor if you have conflicts. Exams will be taken via Respondus Lockdown and Monitor. They will be taken out of the classroom and this will ensure integrity. The final exam will not be comprehensive.

    Project: Will be due 5/8/18. It will take the place of a comprehensive exam.

    Assignments are available for enough time that NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED.

    Module Zero: The first week of class complete Module Zero in Canvas for a good overview of how the system works and to familiarize yourself with Canvas. The assignments are required activities and will be graded.


    The recommended programs for accessing Canvas on your home computer is either Firefox or Google Chrome. The most compatible software is Microsoft Word or Google Docs when writing papers to be uploaded to Canvas. If you do not have these programs, consider using a NMJC computer or converting your document prior to submission. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software or please use a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet will not work in Canvas. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC.

    The Canvas Help Desk is a good resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199.
    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    Grades will be maintained in Canvas via a point system and students are encouraged to check their progress regularly.

    Instructor Response Time: I will make every effort to grade work in a timely manner. With large classes, this could take a while, but every effort will be made to report grades within 48 hours after due date.

    This class opens itself up to discussion on current events and sometimes topics can be rather sensitive. Students should be aware of them and be prepared to discuss them. There are no wrong opinions, just a lack of any opinion at all. We will always be courteous of each other and agree to disagree on some topics. Some topics are sensitive and tact will be required. Students should be prepared to participate and exercise critical thinking.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    A. Identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

    C. Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavior sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    1. Provide a clear and concise set of definitions and terms related to race and ethnicity. Students should have an understanding of the theoretical perspectives of the study of race and ethnicity.
    2. Describe and be aware of the problem of prejudice and discrimination. Have an understanding of the theories of why prejudice and discrimination continue to be present in our society and the theories of why we still contend with these issues.
    3. Explore the immigration issue and the evolution of how we have arrived with the current government policy.
    4. Explore the different ethnicities and religious backgrounds in their history and the contribution they made to the US.
    5. Prove that something positive can be done about the resolution of negative issues related to race and ethnic relations.
    6. Instill a sense that negative issues can be resolved, while at the same time tempering this optimism with a realistic understanding of the difficulties involved in achieving this end.
    7. Examine why the human race has such a difficult time in achieving peace and harmony via the main sociological perspectives of symbolic interactionism, functionalism, and conflict theories.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    MAKE-UP WORK POLICY: Turn in all assignments on time. If an emergency causes a delay, contact the instructor as soon as possible and we will work it out. Exams must be taken on the date schedules; when in doubt, communicate with the instructor quickly. Email is fine but INCLUDE YOUR NAME. Policy remains, NO LATE WORK.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1: Module Zero & Chapter 1, "Exploring Race & Ethnicity"
    Due 1/20

    Week 2: Chapter 2, "Prejudice"
    Due 1/27

    Week 3: Chapter 3, "Discrimination"
    Due 2/3
    Exam #1 over Chapters 1-3

    Week 4: Chapter 4, “Immigration"
    Due 2/10

    Week 5: Chapter 5, “Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Religion”
    Due 2/17

    Week 6. Chapter 6, “Native Americans: The First Americans”
    Due 2/24
    Exam #2 over Chapters 4-6

    Week 7: Chapter 7, “African Americans” & Chapter 8, “African Americans Today”
    Due 3/3

    Week 8: Chapter 9, “Latinos: Growth and Diversity”
    Due 3/10

    Week 9: Chapter 10, “Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans”
    Due 3/17
    Exam #3 over Chapters 7-10

    Week 10: Chapter 11, “Muslim and Arab Americans: Diverse Minorities”
    Due 3/24

    Week 11: Chapter 12, “Asian Pacific Americans: An Array of Nationalities”
    Due 3/31

    Week 12: Chapter 13, “Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans”
    Due 4/7
    Exam #4 over Chapters 11-13

    Week 13: Chapter 14, “Jewish Americans: The Quest to Maintain Identity”
    Due 4/14

    Week 14: Chapter 15, “Women: The Oppressed Majority”
    Due 4/21

    Week 15: Chapter 16, “Beyond the United States: The Comparative Perspective”
    Due 4/28

    Week 16: Chapter 17, “Overcoming Exclusion”
    Due 5/5
    Exam# 5 over Chapters 14-17