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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology

Cultural Diversity SOC-103

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 02
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/22/2012 to 12/31/2012
  • Modified 08/17/2012

This syllabus is for the full Internet course:  

Sociology 103, Section 02.  Cultural Diversity.

All Syllabus information is subject to changes, additions, or amendments

Contact Information

Instructor: Candace G Johnston

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, ON-LINE or by appointment on campus

See Information Below.

Meeting Times

This is an Internet Course. We do not meet regularly on campus.

For Internet Courses there are three avenues you may use to contact me

You may call my office phone any time and leave a message at 769-7800 and I will return your call as soon as possible.

You may also email me through the course email, or my general email address which is [email protected]

I keep an on-line virtual office hour which is on Tuesdays from 10-11AM. Click on the live office hour link on the home page and it will open a message window where you may write your question. I will respond to you through the same window. 

NOTE that owing to irregular hours my campus office is for meeting by appointment only! Please use the on-line office hour or email.


This course is designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of diversity within the contemporary U.S. population. It will examine historical and contemporary experiences from perspectives of both women and men of diverse races, ethnicities, social class, religions, sexual orientation, ages, and abilities. Students will explore their particular inherited and constructed traditions, identify communities and significant life experiences while learning from the varied experiences and perspectives of those who are different. Students will become more aware of the nature of personal, institutional, and societal inequalities and the processes leading to a more equitable society. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical consciousness and to explore ways of empowering to help eliminate ideologies of unequal treatment. This course will develop an extended and collaborative dialogue about past, present, and future U.S. democratic aspirations and foster a respect for people's life experiences while teaching skills needed to function in today's diverse and increasingly interconnected global society. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees or the cultural diversity requirement for the A.A. degree. Lecture: 3 hours per week Recommended: College level reading and writing


There are Two Required Texts for this course. See Below

Understanding Human Difference

  • Author: Kent L. Koppelman
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Edition: Third (3rd)
  • ISBN: 10: 0-13-610301-04
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

This is a Required Text

No older additions are acceptable

Perspectives on Human Differences

  • Author: Kent L. Koppelman
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • ISBN: 10: 0-13-714503-9
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

This is a Required Text.

First edition


Through reading, completing assignments, and participating in our discussion forums, students will demonstrate their ability to reach the following goals and outcomes.

Learning Goal #1 - To increase personal awareness.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to 

  • connect her/his personal history and social identity to historical and sociological information and concepts found in the course readings and class discussions
  • interact with multiple and comparative narratives of participants in U.S. society.
  • formulate how his/her life is affected
  • become conscious of her/his operating world view.
  • examine alternative ways of understanding the world and social relationships
  • analyze his/her socialization about specific groups

Learning Goal #2 - To expand knowledge and conceptual understanding.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to

  • identify and apply operational sociological terminology and concepts relative to cultural diversity.
  • describe, discuss, compare, and contrast the experiences and contributions of the many groups that shape American culture.
  • demonstrate the ability to deal constructively with information, ideas, and emotions associated with issues of diversity.
  • examine the sources and impact of misinformation and stereotypes.
  • fill in the blanks of missing history and social invisibility.
  • demonstrate analytical and problem-solving abilities, while acquiring an understanding of cultural diversity issues.
  • provide examples of the origins and perpetuation of prejudices and discrimination that have been directed toward people of diverse backgrounds.

Learning Goal #3 -To encourage action.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to

  • analyze her/his individual and collective experiences in the light of sociological concepts.
  • identify ideals and principles of a socially just future for all citizens of the United States.
  • identify, practice, and apply intervention strategies.
  • demonstrate a critical consciousness about cultural diversity issues
  • identify, practice, and apply action strategies.
  • create and write a personal action plan.


Grade Format
The Attendance  formula is based on 16 weeks of attendance and participation in class.
The maximum points for attendance are
15 points total each week for discussion participation
(worth a total of 15 points each week) = Attendance and Discussion total of 240 points
Course total of 890 points
  Midterm exam maximum 100 points
  Final exam maximum 100 points
  Attendance and discussions 16 weeks/15 points per week = 240 points
  Weekly Homework Questions 14 weeks/25 points per week = 350points
  4 Review Sections (worth 25 points each) = 100 points
Total Points for the class = 890 Points
850 – 890 A
809 – 849 A-
768 – 808 B+
727 – 767 B
686 – 726 B-
645 – 685 C+
604 - 644 C
563 – 603 C-
481 - 562 D+
440 - 480 D
439 or Below = Failing
NOTE: This syllabus is subject to additions and amendments.

Course Policies

Hello Everyone! My name is Candace Johnston and I am pleased that I am your instructor this term. Together we have approximately sixteen weeks to accomplish this course. We will be covering about one chapter per week and additional topic specific reading which is on the internet. I may include interesting news articles that will give you some perspective on global events etc. The exam format will be discussed in class prior to each exam. You will also have an exam study guide that will outline the general topics that will be covered in the exam. For more information please refer to your regular class lessons structure. Under each week there will be several folders that you will access on your own time schedule. The only limitations are that the weekly discussions are limited to the week that they are open to discuss the reading and related matters for that week, and  there are due dates for turning in work on exams.

Based on the text readings and additional assignments we will endeavor to cover  all of the course material During the first week of the course you are responsible for being prepared to enter the introductory class discussion sections. owing to the collaborative nature of this course, after the first week the discussions will be based on lectures and the reading assigned for each week. Please be aware that you may be assigned writing assignments and other activities that are based on information in your text, class lecture, and your opinion.

Turning in assignments or exams late, or missing participation in the discussions will result in loss of attendance points and a lower final grade.
If you are aware that will need to reschedule an assignment due date or exam please notify me as soon as possible PRIOR to the due date.


On-Line Class Discussion Participation

NOTE THAT it is important to keep up with the pace of the class and due dates for the discussion participation. You are required to respond to me, your instructor, in all of our on-line class discussions. You are also required to respond to at least two entries of other class mates, for a minimum total of three entries per week. This is inclusive of your original comment and answer(s) to my questions,and two efforts that are in response to the contributions of other classmates.

I will introduce the topic and make a few comments each week in the Discussion section. You will then have the opportunity to directly comment and interact with me. After our first week, our week's discussions begin on Sunday of each week.. All initial comments will be due on the Wednesday of the same week.  Additional comments responding to classmates must be entered by Saturday of the same week that of assigned reading and lecture material.

Timeliness is important so that the discussions are an active part of the course. After the ending Saturday of each week  the discussion section for the week will be disabled and you will not have the opportunity to participate in them after they have closed.

Discussion Etiquette

Normally in an in-class setting it's easier for an instructor to moderate discussion. In this on-line class I want you as students to maintain a respectful approach to one another, and to me as the class leader.

Though our class discussions are casual please keep in mind that the course is intended to expand your knowledge and awareness.  I appreciate your thoughts but please keep them concise, because we have a lot of specifics and though your opinions do matter, your classmates shouldn't be overburdened. By maintaining focus you will be a more effective communicator in our discussions.

For the sake of clarity:

Verbal assaults containing inflammatory language and/or profanity will result in punitive measures that may include expulsion from the class, a failing "F" final grade, and other disciplinary measures that involve authority at NIC. Further, physical and verbal threats will absolutely not be tolerated for any reason. If you engage in threatening violence, or any other verbal or physical abuse, then I will block your access to the course and report your behavior to the appropriate authorities in administration and campus security at NIC.


This is the lecture and Course Reading Schedule. Please refer to the course calendar for the due dates for written assignments and exams.

Key Understanding Human Differences = UHD

Perspectives on Human Differences = POHD

Week One 8/27 - 9/01Chapter One Individual Attitudes... in UHD,

and all of Section One Differences, POHD


Week Two 9/02 - 9/08 Chapter Two UHD

and all of Section Two Construction of POHD

Week Three  9/09 - 9/15 Chapter Three UHD,

and all of Section Four POHD

Week Four  9/16 - 9/22 Chapter Four Cultural UHD,

and all of Section Three Perspectives On POHD

Week Five 9/23 - 9/29  Chapter Five Race and UHD


Week Six 9/30 - 10/06 Chapter Six Religion and UHD,

and all of Section Five Perspectives on POHD

Week Seven 10/07 - 10/13 Chapter Seven Rejecting Oppressive UHD, and all of Section 6 Perspectives on Race, POHD


Mid Term Week 10/15 - 10/19 MID TERM TBA

Week Eight 10/21 - 10/27  Chapter 8 Racism, Confronting White Legacy

Week Nine 10/28 - 11/03 Chapter 9 Sexism, Where Personal Becomes Political... in UHD, all of Section Nine Perspectives on Sex POHD.

Week 10  11/04 - 11/10 Chapter 10 UHD,

and all of Section Ten Perspectives on Sexual POHD

Week 11 11/11 - 11/17 Chapter 11 UHD,

and all of Section Seven Perspectives on POHD


Week 12 11/18 - 11/24 Chapter 12 UHD,

and all of Section Eight People With POHD

Week 13 11/25 - 12/01  Chapter 13 Pluralism in UHD,

and all of Section 11 Multicultural POHD

Week 14 12/02 - 12/08 Chapter 14 Pluralism in UHD and all of Section Twelve Pluralistic Responses to the Diversity of American Society

Week 15  12/09 - 12/15 Wrap up On-Line Lecture and Discussion Section(s)

FINAL EXAMS Dec 16 through Dec 20, 2012

Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.