SOC500 Cultural Pluralism in the USA
Lead Faculty: Dr. Margaret J. Greer
Course DescriptionExamines the origins of cultural pluralism in the USA and the valuing of diversity as a socio-cultural imperative. Explores voluntary and involuntary immigration, internal colonization, the implications of demographics, and the history of discrimination in the USA, based on race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.
- Discuss historical, sociological, and literary perspectives on multicultural America.
- Explain the multifaceted nature of cultural pluralism in the United States.
- Define key terms such as culture, cultural pluralism, ethnic subcultures, ethnicity, race, stereotypes, labeling theory, ethnocentrism, cultural relativity, internal colonization, the colonization of the body, institutional discrimination, assimilation, andapos;dominantandapos; vs. andapos;otherandapos; groups, and the matrix of power and oppression: the interaction among class, race, and gender.
- Discuss past and present immigration patterns and policies; talk about demographic change in the United States.
- Describe the uniqueness and commonality of people from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds in the United States.
- Analyze how issues of race, class, and gender complicate the discussion of cultural pluralism in the United States.
- Evaluate varying perspectives on some of the issues and world views associated with the spirit of individualism and community, the value of a multicultural society, multicultural education reform, and post-911 borders and civil rights.
- Discuss a vision of multicultural society in the United States for the 21st century. Appreciate differences in global civil society.
- Appreciate differences in global civil society.
- Understand the global ramifications of andquot;Americanizationandquot; and andquot;McDonaldizationandquot; through an increasingly United States based world-wide popular culture.