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|Discipline and Nbr:
Political Power: the Experience of American Cultural Groups
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||17.5 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
An examination of how political power as expressed in government policy, laws, court opinions, social perceptions, social status indicators, and economic interests interplay and affect political participation rates. The experiences of at least three groups: African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino American, European American, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and Americans of Middle Eastern origin will be explored, contrasted, and compared in this American Cultures course. From three to six groups will be examined and each will be given equal attention during the semester. Successful and unsuccessful responses to the government's use of political power will be analyzed.
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
An examination of the uses of political power, especially governmental power, and its effect on at least three groups: African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino American, European American, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and Americans of Middle Eastern origin and their participation in the system.
(Grade or P/NP)
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Not Certificate/Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1999||Inactive:||Summer 2010
| Area:||G||American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||D||Social Science||Fall 1999||Summer 2010
| ||D3||Ethnic Studies|| ||
| ||D8||Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns|| ||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||4||Social and Behavioral Science||Fall 1999||Summer 2010
| ||4H||Political Science:Govt and Legal Instutn|| ||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1999||Inactive:||Summer 2010
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1999||Inactive:||Summer 2010
OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES:
1. Evaluate the interplay of governmental policy, laws,
court opinions, social perceptions, social and economic
status indicators which all contribute to political power.
Recognize that the use of this power, often negatively, impacts
groups with "minority status."
2. Describe the role of the American government(s) in shaping the
experiences of African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino
American, European American, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas,
and Americans of Middle Eastern origin.
3. Analyze the struggles of these cultural groups to attain political
4. Compare and contrast the successful and unsuccessful responses of
these groups to changing governmental policies and strategies.
5. Synthesize information from multiple sources: lectures, readings,
and library research and come to an understanding of the
uses/abuses of political power toward these groups.
6. Demonstrate sufficient research skills to complete term papers, and
the necessary writing and intellectual abilities for integrating
concepts and themes on essay exams.
Topics and Scope
1. Review principles, values, and structure of the American
2. Review major documents supporting #1 and identify
3. Understand concepts and terms, for example: republicanism,
democracy, political equality, political liberty, identity,
racism, sexism, prejudice, discrimination.
4. Use statistical data to create socio-economic markers that measure
political participation and success.
5. Create a matrix of principles, values, perceptions, and socio-
economic "markers" that support full political participation.
II. REVIEW THE POLITICAL EXPERIENCES OF AT LEAST THREE GROUPS: AFRICAN
AMERICAN, ASIAN AMERICAN, CHICANO/LATINO AMERICAN, EUROPEAN
AMERICAN, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS, AMERICANS OF MIDDLE
1. Review selected documents, essays and experiences to compare and
contrast each groups' struggle for political rights.
2. With the above matrix determine how each group has succeeded,
3. Understand examples of the different government strategies and
policies used to impede or enhance a group's fulfillment of its
rights of political participation.
4. Understand the adaptive responses each group had to #3.
III. THE INTEGRATION OF I AND II
1. Draw conclusions on what it takes to "succeed" politically in
2. Draw conclusions on what each particular group will need to do to
improve its political position vis-a-vis the American government.
1. Regular attendance and extensive note taking in class is expected and
2. Read and study assigned chapters and articles for class discussion and
3. Conduct original research read and write papers (3 minimum) in response
4. Prepare for and write integrative essays for mid-term and final exams.
5. Participate in class discussions, debates, and exercises as assigned.
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
40 - 80%
|Essay exams, Term papers, College-level reading and writing abilities||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
20 - 60%
|Homework problems, Exams, Analysis of statistical data||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
0 - 0%
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
0 - 0%
This course will primarily rely on selected articles and essays from
several books, anthologies, and journals. However, the major works
FROM MANY, ONE: READINGS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT, Richard
C. Sinopoli, Georgetown University Press, 1997.
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY, Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia
Hill Collins, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1998.
A DIFFERENT MIRROR: A HISTORY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA, Ronald Takaki,
Little Brown and Company, 1993.
IRON CAGES: RACE AND CULTURE IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA, Oxford
University Press, 1990.
MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC HISTORY, Jon Gjerde,
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN WOMEN'S HISTORY, Mary Beth Norton and Ruth M.
Alexander, D.C. Heath and Company, 1996.
MAJOR PROBLEMS IN AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY, Alberto L. Hurtado and Peter
Iverson, D.C. Heath and Company, 1994.