Alexandre Kimenyi

Ethnic Studies l1
Intro to Ethnic Studies
GE: D1 Individual and Society

Office Hours: MWF 10:30-10:50
Amador 562B

1. Recommended texts:

Vincent N. Parrillo. (Latest Edition) Strangers to These Shores: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States. 5th Edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

The Readings cover the first 4 chapters which are about the theoretical foundations and
historical perspectives plus the chapters on Native Americans, African-Americans, Mexica-Americans and Asian-Americans.

2. Course Description:

This course introduces the diverse institutional, cultural , and historical issues relating to the past and present life circumstances of Asian Americans, Mexican Americans, Black Americans and Native Americans. Designed to introduce students to information presented in upper division courses with ethnic studies content..

3. Objectives:

_Understand the genesis of pluralism and ethnicity
_Learn about methodologies and competing theories social scientists use to study ethnicity.
_Learn tactics which are used by the majority to keep minority groups in the subordinate status.
_Learn about different approaches adopted by minority groups to be accepted by the majority.
_Discuss common existential experiences shared by all the four major minority groups.
_Discuss the uniqueness of each group.
_Learn about the respective contributions of each group to this society in science, economy, technology, culture, art,...
_Discuss how policies (legistative laws, propositions, executive orders, supreme court decisions, etc) affect these groups.

4. Methodology:

_Class Discussion of Readings
_Guest Speakers

5. Requirements:

-Class Attendance and Particapation
_Discussion of Assigned Readings
_Discussion of Daily Newspaper Articles dealing with these four groups and issues being discussed in this course.


--*American Tongues
A.Native Americans --* More than bows and arrows
--*In the White Man's Image
B.Black Americans:
--* Blacks and the Constitution video 1930 --* Conspiracy to destroy the black boy video 2275 part 2
--* Ethnic Notions video 1425
C.Asian Americans:
--*Guilty by reason of race
--*Troubled Paradise
D.Mexican Americans:
--* Los Mineros --*Interviews of Bill Moyers with Moreno Madrid and Richard Rodriguez

7. Class Evaluation:

_Class Attendance and Participation: 10%
_Two Midterms: 60% ( 10 to 15 short essay questions dealing with theories, historical events, concepts, issues)
First midterm: October 6
Second Midterm: November 17
_One Final: 30% (10 to 15 short essay questions dealing with theories, historical events, concepts, issues...)

8. Course Outline:

Week l-2.Comparative Study of Pluralistic Societies (Lecture). Readings: Chapter 1 Week 3.Concept of Culture (Lecture). Readings: Chapter 2
Week 4. Genesis of Pluralism and Ethnicity (Lecture).
Week 5.How America became pluralistic. Chapter 5
Week 6. A Universal Typology of Sterotypes or Myths: Chapter 3 and Chapter 4
Week 7-8.American Indians: Chapter 7
-- Historical background
-- Myths and realities
-- Contributions to arts,science,economy and technology
-- Ploblems and solutions
Week 9-10.Black Americans: Chapter 10
-- Historical background
-- Myths and realities
-- Contributions
-- Ploblems and solutions
Week 11-12.Mexican Americans: Chapter 11
-- Historical background
-- Myths and realities
-- Contributions
-- Problems and solutions
Week 13-14.Asian Americans: Chapter 8 and Chapter 9
-- Historical background
-- Myths and realities
-- Contributions
-- Problems and solutions
Week 15. Review: Chapter 14
--Similarities and Shared Experiences

Grading System

A. 100-96
A-. 95-91
B+. 90-86
B. 85-83
B-. 82-80
C. 75-73
C-. 72-70
D. 65-63
D- 62-60

Ethnic Studies 11
Study Guide
Midterm 1 (Chap.1, 2 and 4) plus lectures

1. Schools of thought or theories in social sciences define and understand concepts differently.
Thus pluralism is understood differently depending on whether you belong to the conflict model theory or the functional or equilibrium model. Explain how this concept is understood in each school.
2. How does the conflict model differ from the equilibrium model?
3. Give examples of pluralistic societies which exemplify on the one hand the conflict model and on the other hand the equilibrium model.
4. Switzerland is often cited by social scientists as a good example of the equilibrium model.
As was explained in class, this country is far from being the prototypical model. Explain.
5. How does pluralism differ from ethnicity?
6. Explain the genesis of pluralism or how a society which was previously homogenous become pluralistic.
7. What is ethnogenesis?
8. Is there any difference between the expansion of space boundaries and the process of nation building?
9. Ethnic and racial pluralism occur either through the expansion of space or political boundaries or the migration of the people. How?
10. Do you know any nation which was not created this way: space expansion and migration?
11. Expansion occurs either by annexation or by federation. The United States was created this way. Give specific examples.
12. Migration refers to both immigration and emigration. How do immigration and emigration
differ from each other?
13. Majority and minority groups, according to the conflict model, arise depending on how the pluralistic society was created: annexation, federation, emigration or immigation.
14. What is meant by majority and minority by ethnic studies scientists and sociologists?
15. Relocation is usually a euphemism referring to a tragic act against the minority. What does it mean?
16.Give a good definition of culture.
17. Explain the following: (a) the abstractness of culture
(b) the dynamic aspect of culture
18. Culture is not innate but learned. What does that mean?
19. Culture is transmitted from previous generations: can we thus talk about young and old cultures?
20. What is meant by : (a) cultural relativity; (b) cultural transmission
(c) cultural diffusion: (d) cultural shock
(e) dultural pluralism: (f) cultural differentiation
(g) cultural determinism; (h) acculturation
(i) culturan norms: (j) subcultures
21. Define: (a) language; (b) dialect: (c) idiolect; (d) assimilation; (e) sctructural assimilation;
(f) chain migration: (g) amalgamation; (h) Sapir-Wholf hypothesis
22. What are the main components of culture?
23. Give examples of symbols and rituals.
24. How do concepts differ from values?
25. Give examples of cultural systems?
26. Give a good definition of custom.
27. Societies are defined by the kind of family structure they have? How many types of familify structures are there?