MINORITY CULTURES IN
AMST 411--FALL 2006
Colin S. Cavell, Ph.D. Course Room No.: S17-229
Class MW: [Ramadhan—] INTERNET: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: By appointment Office No.: S17-263
VOICE: 17438775 (W) 17729091 (H)
An examination of the questions of race, ethnicity and identity in
Grading Policy: 20% for Attendance*; 20% for the Class Presentation; 20% for the Midterm Exam; 20% for the Research Paper; and 20% for the Final Exam. A Guidelines sheet will be distributed outlining the requirements for your Class Presentation and for your Research Paper.
Grading Scale: 93-100=A; 90-92=A-; 88-89=B+; 83-87=B; 80-82=B-; 78-79=C+; 73-77=C; 70-72=C-; 68-69=D+; 63-67=D; 60-62=D-; 0-59=F
Attendance Policy*: Attendance in class is mandatory. It is the student’s responsibility to sign the attendance sheet each day of class; failure to sign the attendance sheet—even if in attendance—will be counted as an absence. If your unexcused absences exceed 25% of the total number of lectures of the course in this semester, you will be automatically withdrawn from the course and be given a grade of (WF) which will be counted towards your GPA. As well, you are expected to follow the syllabus and accordingly be prepared for each day's class. This means that you must read the pre-assigned readings before class so that you will be prepared to discuss and debate in class the subject matter scheduled for that day and answer questions related to the issues being covered. NOTE: TURN OFF all cell phones during class.
* Absence from class may be made up by preparing a two-page, typed (i.e. using maximum 12 point font size and maximum double-spaced text with one-inch margin on all sides), summary on the missed material scheduled to be covered the day(s) of your absence. The summary must be in your own words and must not be copied material from the text(s), the internet, or any other source(s). Times New Roman font is strongly recommended; however, if you use an alternative style, make sure your font does not resemble italic or bold text. Also, Comic Sans MS font is not allowed.
Cain, Kathleen Shine. 1994. Living
Darder, Antonia and Rodolfo D.
Torres. 1998. The Latino Studies Reader: Culture, Economy & Society.
Naff, Alixa. 1985. Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience.
Lyman, Staford M. 1994. Color,
Culture, Civilization: Race and Minority
Issues in American Society.
and Ruben G. Rumbaut. 1996. Origins
and Destinies: Immigration, Race, and Ethncity in
NOTE: Additional class readings can be printed from the AMST 411 class webpage: [http://userspages.uob.edu.bh/cscpo/amst411.htm]
Sept. 18: Introduction to Minority Cultures in
Sept. 20: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
Sept. 24: [First day of Ramadan 1427]
Sept. 25: Assimilation Versus Pluralism [Ramadhan—]
Sept. 27: Assimilation Versus Pluralism [Ramadhan—]
Sept. 28: [Last day for dropping courses]
Oct. 1—Nov. 23: [Withdrawal period with “W”]
Oct. 2: Assimilation Versus Pluralism [Ramadhan—]
Oct. 4: The Test Case of Acculturation [Ramadhan—]
Oct. 9: The Test Case of Acculturation [Ramadhan—]
Oct. 11: Becoming American [Ramadhan—]
Oct. 16: The Syrian Immigrants to
Oct. 18: The Syrian Immigrants to
23-25: Eid Al-Fitr
Oct. 30: The Syrian Immigrants to
Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in
Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in
Nov. 8: Midterm Exam
Nov. 12-16: Mid-semester break [No classes]
Nov. 20: Culture, Economy & Society
Nov. 22: Color and Caste
Nov. 27: Color and Caste
Nov. 29: Color and Caste
Dec. 4: Latin Americans
Dec. 6: Latin Americans
Dec. 11: The Watershed: The Civil Rights Movement and Its Aftermath
Dec. 13: The Watershed: The Civil Rights Movement and Its Aftermath
Dec. 16-17: National Day of Bahrain—Holidays [no classes]
Dec. 18: The Watershed: The Civil Rights Movement and Its Aftermath
Dec. 20: Wealth & Class
Dec. 25: Generational and Cultural Clashes [Research Papers Due]
Dec. 27: Working Class Blues [Last Day for In-Class Presentations]
Dec. 30: Arafh Holiday
Dec. 31-Jan. 2: Eid Al-Adha Holiday [no classes]
Jan. 8: Follow My Religion
Jan. 10: Last day of classes; Review