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SOCI 204

Kellogg Community College

Syllabus SOCI 204- Race and Ethnic Relations (Depictions through Modern Media)

Jonathan Williams,, Phone: 965-3931 ex. 2229

Office: 136f (Severin Building)


Course Credit: 3         Contact Hours: 48

Description: Sociology 204 (Race and Ethnic Relations/Depictions through Modern Media) is a course that reviews our American history in regard to race and ethnicities from the first European explorations to the modern day. Utilizing modern media (film/internet/documentaries) to accommodate lecture and readings, students will focus on the impact of media in both driving and following the socialization of attitudes toward race and ethnicity. Students will also be expected to investigate their own genealogies and share those discoveries with the class at large. 

Prerequisites: COMPASS reading score of 70, or 'C' in STSK 98 or ENGL 120

Textbook: Race and Ethnicity in America - A Concise History (Most recent edition) by Ronald Bayor, et al. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.


Core Abilities: Evaluate knowledge of the implications of being a citizen in a global community.



Upon completion of “Race and Ethnic Relations in America – Depictions through Modern Media” (Sociology 204), Students will have obtained the following ability to:

          Describe an understanding of their family’s genetic/cultural linage – including, specifically, their “racial and/or ethnic” makeup.


          Differentiate between race and ethnicity; minority and majority groups, with an understanding that these are socially constructed notions.


          Demonstrate an ability to critically dissect American cinematic films, and explain the impact of the chosen course films in terms of how the films both follow America’s race and ethnic evolution and shape that evolution.


          Demonstrate a sense of introspection and be able to critically interrogate one’s own feelings concerning issues of race and ethnicity in America.


          Describe the origin of minority group status, the significance of the origins of interracial and interethnic contact.


          Interrogate the concept of whiteness and white privilege, as well as the role the majority has played in advance those of minority status.


          Evaluate the major forms of minority/majority relations including discrimination, segregation, and assimilation.


          Explain changing demographics in the United States and the effect that has had on all aspects of society – using our America film industry as a barometer of this effect.


          Relay an understanding of how multiple races and ethnicities (as well as cultures and religions) have faced discrimination throughout our American history. 


Attendance Requirements:  All students must develop professional and personal skills that enable them to be successful in the workplace.  Developing a strong work ethic begins with one having a good attitude about attendance.  The College policy is that regular class attendance is considered an essential part of a student's educational experience and a requirement for an adequate evaluation of student academic progress. Absences will cause a loss of points as follows:

When a student does not attend the first class, I will complete a No Show Report.  When a student misses more than two weeks of assignments without contact or when absences reach a level when the overall completion of the course is jeopardized, I will initiate the administrative withdrawal process.  The Student Services department will follow up with individual students.    

Participation is determined by successful completion of each assignment and accurately following the directions given.

Late Assignments will lose points as follows: half a grade for 1-3 days late, one grade for 4-7 days late.

No assignment will be accepted more than 7 days late, without an agreement between the instructor and student, and based on exceptional circumstances.

Withdrawal date for refund and for Grade of W: It is the responsibility of the student to know the date by which he or she may obtain a refund of tuition and the date by which withdrawing from the course can result in a grade of “W”. The general formula is: Refund of tuition – first one tenth of class days.  Grade of “W” – Prior to seven eights of the duration of the class.

See pages 16 and 31 of the catalog and pages 49 and 52 of the student handbook. Specific dates are available from the Customer Service Center. 


Requirements for Successful Completion of this Class:

*See the "Schedule" for points, assignments, and deadlines.




94 – 100% 


73 – 76%


90 – 93%


70 – 72%


87 – 89%


67 – 69%


83 – 86%


63 – 66%


80 – 82%


60 – 62%


77 – 79%


00 – 59%



Syllabus Disclaimers

 Kellogg Community College Academic Integrity Statement:

The Kellogg Community College policy on Academic Integrity is spelled out in the student handbook.  If it is suspected that you are cheating, fabricating, facilitating academic dishonesty, or plagiarizing, there may be serious consequences.  The incident will be documented and may be reported to the academic chair and/or program director for possible disciplinary actions up to and including course, program, or college expulsion.



All work must be written in the student’s own words: all sources used in any work must be cited both in the paper and/or in a bibliography, as relevant; direct quotes taken from any source must include citations and the source must be included in a bibliography. Students should follow assignment instructions and format given in grading matrices. Students must follow MLA or APA format as relevant. Individual assignments must be completed individually. Any work that is copied from another source will receive no points.


Kellogg Community College Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 Statement:

Kellogg Community College does not discriminate in the admission or treatment of students on the basis of disability.  KCC is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.


Instructor Syllabus Rights Statement:

Information contained in this syllabus was to the best knowledge of the instructor considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester. However, this syllabus should not be considered a contract with Kellogg Community College and any student, nor between the instructor and any student. The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Kellogg Community College, to make changes in the course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.


Class Conduct and Participation:

Class participation is expected. I expect students to create an atmosphere of respect: we will discuss subjects that are controversial and that may be uncomfortable for some. We may be led to question others’ beliefs:  it is appropriate to question all beliefs and assumptions as long as we do so in a civil and constructive way. We should also respect all beliefs irrespective of whether we agree with them. Ultimately, I would like this class to lead you to question your own beliefs as well as those of others! Attend this class prepared to learn from others, with an open mind and a willingness and enthusiasm to explore new ideas and knowledge.


Although class policies are stated on the syllabus for this class, I am able to make exceptions for absences and late assignments depending on individual circumstances. If you have any concerns or worries about completing assignments, or have unforeseen circumstances that necessitate excessive absence from class, please let me know and I will give consideration on a case by case basis.


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