Sociology 344                                               Dr. Hardt

Minority Groups                                             MSU-Billings

MWF 12:50-1:50                                              Spring, 2007


Office: LA 812

Office phone: 657-2991

Office hours:     MWF 11:45-12:45

                  TTH 11215-1:15 and by appointment.


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Texts:  Parrillo, Vincent N. Strangers to These Shores: Race and

        Ethic Relations in the United States.  Eighth Edition.  Allyn

        And Bacon.  2006.


OBJECTIVES:  The course is designed to give students a broad and comprehensive overview of racial and ethnic features of American society.  Many of us have ancestral experiences as being strangers to these shores.  The immigrant and non-immigrant experiences, as well as the continually evolving minority-majority relationships, have been and remain a central force in shaping our culture and social structure.  Students will develop an understanding of the conceptual framework used by social scientists to analyze ethnic populations.  Students will also be informed of existing research regarding social, cultural, and demographic trends characterizing ethnic populations, and of minority group-core culture relations.


APPROACH:  The course will take both an objective and a sensitizing approach to understand issues mentioned above.  These strategies are meant to provide you with a structured framework for assessing issues that are important on a societal level, and which can often be quite sensitive to individuals.


The approaches will be realized with a combination of means: lecture, reading, film, and external assignments.  There will be three exams, a research paper of at least 10 pages, and occasional assignments.  Format requirements for the research paper will be provided later.  Lecture will be guided by the professor, but you are expected to treat it as a dialogue, not as a monologue.  This does not mean that lecture is a competition of simple opinions.  It does mean that precedence, value, and encouragement is given to the discussion of informed and dispassionately presented viewpoints.


Students who require accommodations for disabilities are requested to make arrangements to discuss these with me during my regular office hours.  You will be asked at the beginning of every class if you have questions regarding course material.  If your question is extraneous to the direction of the rest of the class, or if the response needs elaboration, you may be asked to follow up the discussion during my office hours.  You are also encouraged to see me if you need to discuss personal matters, such as grades, study suggestions, or matters that may be having an adverse impact on your classroom performance.








        17  Course overview and requirements.



        19  Conceptualizing ethnicity, race, and minority.

            Parrillo, Ch. 1.

     22-31  Explaining ethnicity, race, and minority.

            Parrillo, Ch. 3.



         2  Explaining ethnicity, race, and minority

       5-7  A global perspective on ethnic relations.

      9-12  Racism.

        14  First Exam.




        16  Social structural supports of discrimination and inequality.

            Parrillo, Ch. 2.

        19  Presidentís day.  Classes cancelled.

     21-23  Social structural supports of discrimination and inequality,


     26-28  The empirical experience of discrimination and inequality.

            Parrillo, Ch. 4.




         2  The empirical experience of discrimination and inequality,


       5-9  Spring Break.

     12-14  The individual experience of discrimination and inequality.

        16  Second Exam.

     19-23  Ethnicity and the popular media.

     25-27  Affirmative action.

        30  Ethnic immigrations and migrations.  Parrillo, Chs. 5 & 6.




       2-4  Ethnic immigrations and migrations, continued.

         6  Mini-breakClasses cancelled.

      9-18  Ethnic composition in the United States.

     20-25  Ethnic-specific experiences of discrimination and

            inequality. Parrillo, Chs. 7-11

        25  Term papers due.

        30  Final Exam, 2:00-3:50.