Human Relations

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Summer II 2011
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Webct - online

Dr. Michaelle Kitchen (view Profile)

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Course Objectives


    At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.      To identify basic concepts or terms such as acculturation, ethnic-class, economic exploitation,
         prejudice, etc.
2.      Identify current biases in standardized test uses, teaching strategies, and  employment and
         promotion practices.
3.      Demonstrate a basic knowledge of minority group contributions to American  society.
4.      Demonstrate an awareness of the cultural experience (life style, customs,  institutions,and barriers)
         of at least three ethnic groups other than his/her own.
5.      Evidence awareness of national studies relative to ethnic achievement, abilities,  and grouping
         in public schools.
6.      Identify current biases and deficiencies in curriculum, learning materials, and  teaching strategies
         perpetuation sexism.
7.      Demonstrate awareness of strategies for parental involvement.
8.      Understand what is involved in developing wholesome self-identities.
9.      Evidence awareness of different child rearing practices among ethnic groups.
10.    Evidence awareness of the need and value of multicultural and bilingual education  and significant
         professional reports and  practices.
11.    Explain the concept of access as it relates to ethnic groups benefiting from the  various social
         institutions (schools, government, business, etc.)
12.    Recognize similarities and differences among majority and minority cultures.
13.    To develop skills in communicating interpersonally on cognitive and feeling levels.
14.    To recognize communication patterns in self and others that enhance or inhibit the communication process.
15.    To understand the communication patterns of diverse populations and how their  verbal and non-verbal behaviors can be interpreted in the context of counseling.



Course Expectations

All assignments must be either emailed or mailed to the Professor unless otherwise specified.
Examples of  assignments can be found at the example section of this course.

1.          Each student will read a culturally diverse book or 3 articles dealing with culturally diverse issues
from recent  periodicals. Upon completion of the above assignment each student will submit a
3-page book report or 3 narratives for the 3 articles.  This assignment will enable the student to gain an understanding of the various opinions in literature.  The will be required to complete the following:

1.         Select 3 articles and write an one-page narrative (300 words min.) on each article.  Each narrative will answer the book/ article review questions listed at the bottom of this page.


                        2.         Review a book or three articles and include the following:

                                    (a).       What is the book/article about?

                                    (b).       How does the book/article relate to the course topic?

                                    (c).       How can you use this book/article in your life?

All assignments must have an one and half inch margin and 12 fonts.  The articles must be periodicals not from a newspaper.  And only two articles may be from the Internet.  The book must not be a textbook. Copies of the articles must be attached to the narrative.

2.     Each student will develop a webliography on a culturally diverse topic in which you need to become aware. Five sites will be required. The student will provide the Dr. Kitchen with the URL for each site and a paragraph for each site stating what the site was about.

3.    Each student will interview a culturally diverse person and write a 3 page minimum narrative of the interview. During the interview please ask the person at least five questions that will assist you in becoming more "aware" about this person’s culture. The narrative will be the typed responses to your questions.                                                            

4.        Each student will keep a journal for this class. In this journal you will write your thoughts and feelings following each designated class discussion.

 5.        Each student will view a culturally diverse film ie. Higher Learning or I am Sam plus one other film on a specific culturally diverse issue that you need to explore. For example: If you select Blacks, Asians, Gays for the other assignments then choose poverty, elderly, Hispanics, and Native Americans for this assignment  Many times films imitate life.  With that in mind, the following assignment will give the student an opportunity to explore human relation's scenarios that are depicted in films.  Each student will view a film that speaks to a human relations issue or issues for example: In the film, Disclosure, sexual harassment issues, were depicted in this film.  The above student will answer the following questions:

1.What is the overview of the film?

2.What are the human relations issues presented in this film?  

3.What human relations discussions would you use to facilitate “awareness” with these issues and why?

4.What did you learn from this film that will help you in your future career?                                 

This assignment will be 3 typed double spaced pages, using 12 font, and a 1 1/2 inch margin.

6.     Chapter Assignments - class discussions (see each chapter assignment for chapter discussion topic).

7.     Each student will write and analyze a case study that speaks to a cultural issue about which you need to be  more aware about. You will "solve" the case study as if you were the person in "control of the situation".  The following are the instructions for this assignment. Each student will write a scenario that speaks to their area of interest and solve the scenario based on their review of the literature. You need to solve the scenario based on your present position or your future position. In other words you need to present as a counselor, administrator, teacher, human resource specialist, or "other".
            In your discussion/solution you need to include your goals, rationale (justification), and summary/conclusion.
  Each student will turn in a three-page paper with a cover page format,
12-font type, and 1 1/2 in margin as their final product.

Note:    Each assignment may be a different culture or the same culture so that at the end of this semester, you will be
more "aware" in at least 7 different cultures. The cultures to be addressed in this assignment
are the following: Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, (European American if you are
not European American) Elderly, Gender, Individuals with Disabilities and Poverty.


 All assignments are due by July 28, 2011. All assignments must be submitted for grading in a portfolio to Dr.Kitchen.

    Grading Criteria:

Assignments will be evaluated on the following criteria:

     1.    Training or counseling application
                (i.e Has the student used their assignment to become more aware?)
     2.    Professional quality
                (i.e. Are your assignment completed in a "purchasable state?)

Professional Standards:

          It is assumed that all students are practitioners in the field of training technology. As such, the highest
          of standards are expected in professional conduct ("netiquette") and in workmanship. Assignments are
          to be turned in on their due date, late assignments will be accepted only with a valid medical excuse.
          Late work will be penalized one letter grade. All work is to be word-processed.


Students will contract for their final grade. If a student contracts for an "A", they must complete the assignments
in column "A" on time, and turn the assignments in on the assigned date or before. If a student contracts for a "B",
they must complete the assignments in column "B" on time and turn the assignments in on the assigned date or before.
If a student contracts for a "C", they must complete the assignments in column "C" on time and turn the assignments
in on the assigned date or before. The quality of the assignments must also measure up to the contracted grade.
Just turning in an assignment does not justify the contracted grade. Your grade will be based on quality and quantity.
If there is an emergency or if your job forces you to miss an assignment, then another assignment will be provided.

Note:    All assignments are due by July 28, 2011.

Final Exam

08/04/2011 2 hours

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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Campus Carry

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