Race & Ethnic Relations Syllabus


Standardized Syllabus

SSC260 Race and Ethnic Relations


[Online course]



Mr. Daniel Bubnis


By appointment.





Office Hours

By appointment.






Marger, M. N.  (2015).  Race & Ethnic Relations; American and Global Perspectives.  (10th edition).  Stamford, CT:  Cengage Learning. 




This course focuses on historical and contemporary examples of racial and ethnic relations and ethnic conflict. We will examine the changing ethnic and racial makeup of the United States, in the context of theoretical debates in the course literature, with special attention towards comparative and historical analyses and social structure. We will also consider case studies of foreign countries to study ethnic relations and ethnic conflict abroad.


1. Recognize how social dynamics, such as prejudice and discrimination, have affected the participation of ethnic minorities in American society.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature, possible causes and effects of prejudice, the dangers of stereotyping and the different aspects of institutionalized discrimination.
3. Appraise current ethical and moral issues relevant to inter-racial/inter-ethnic interactions in the context of recent history.
4. Recognize the theories of ethnic relations in order to have a coherent framework within which to examine specific ethnic groups in America
5. Examine how past and present discrimination can account for inequality in the distribution of resources among various ethnic groups.







Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.


Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.  In addition, all discussions/correspondence between students and students/faculty will be conducted in a respectful and professional manner.  There will be NO tolerance for aggressive/bullying behavior anywhere in this online classroom!!

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric



What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)


DQ 1 = 30

DQ 2 = 30

15 points




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)

5 points





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)

5 points




Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)

1 point




Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

1 point




Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

1 point




Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

1 point




Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

1 point









Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies


The initial post for DQ 1 MUST be provided by Wednesday at 11:55 p.m. to receive full credit.  The initial post for DQ 2 MUST be provided by Friday at 11:55 p.m. to receive full credit.  The replies to both these discussions (3 participation responses to each DQ must cover a minimum of four days per week).  Your grand total of posts between the two discussions must total 8 each week.  All written assignments/quizzes must be completed by Sunday at 11:55 p.m. to receive full credit. 




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


960 – 1000



900 – 959



870 – 899



830– 869



800 – 829



770 – 799



730 – 769



700 – 729



670– 699



600 – 669



000 – 599




Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”





Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule




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Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity







Total points - 100



Chapter 1

Introduction:   Some Basic Concepts.


Chapter 2

Ethnic Stratification: Majority and Minority.


Chapter 3

Tools of Dominance: Prejudice and Discrimination.

       Course Objectives Met            




Week 1 DQ 1

(30 points)


Week 1 DQ 2

(30 points)


Syllabus Quiz

Course (5points)


Navigation Quiz (5 points)


Get to Know You Discussion (30 points)








Total Points - 150

Chapter 4

Patterns of Ethnic Relations:  Assimilation and Pluralism.


Chapter 5

Immigration and the Foundations of the American Ethnic Hierarchy




Week 2 DQ 1  

(30 points)


Week 2 DQ 2

(30 points)


Test (90 points)






Total Points - 150

Chapter 6

 Native Americans


Chapter 7

African Americans



Chapter 8

Hispanic Americans


                    2, 3

Week 3 DQ 1

(30 points)


Week 3 DQ 2  (30 points)



(90 points)




Total Points - 150



Chapter 9

Asian Americans


Chapter 10

White Ethnic Americans



                   2, 4

Week 4 DQ 1

(30 points)


Week 4 DQ 2

(30 points)



(90 points)




Total Points - 150

Chapter 11

Jewish Americans


Chapter 12

Arab Americans



Week 5 DQ 1

(30 points)


Week 5 DQ 2

(30 points)


Reflection Paper

(90 points)





Total Points - 150


Chapter 13

The Changing Context of American Race and Ethnic Relations:  Current and Future Issues.


Chapter 14

South Africa:  Society in Transition




Week 6 DQ 1

(30 points)


Week 6 DQ 2

(30 points)



 (90 points)




Final Week


Total Points – 150




Chapter 15

 Brazil:  Racial and Ethnic Democracy?


Chapter 16

Canada:  Ethnic Model of the Future?


Chapter 17

Global Issues of Ethnic Conflict and Change.






Week 8 DQ 1

(30 points)


Week 8 DQ 2

(30 points)




(90 points)



Tests are 45 true/false and multiple-choice questions.  There is a 1 ½ hour time-limit.  Furthermore, these tests are closed-book. 


Required Syllabus Supplement for Distance Education Faculty


Faculty in the School of Distance Education must adhere to the FALCONS model to ensure the most effective, successful experience for teaching and learning through the application of research-based best practice.


As such, faculty should identify the FALCONS tools that they have chosen to apply by marking the strategies used from each menu (i.e. highlighting, changing text color, etc.). Keep in mind that no less than two items per menu are required for each course.  Also, it is required that a third item is added from each menu at least once during the course.


Course Name:  SSC225: Sport in Society

Faculty Name:  Mr. Daniel Bubnis






Semester:  Fall, 2017


Menu 1

Week in which Menu 1 items are used

Menu 2

Week in which Menu 2 items are used

Menu 3

Week in which Menu 3 items are used
















Voice over PowerPoints


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Team Project






Interactive PowerPoints



Discussion Debate Teams





Video Lecture or Podcast


2, 4.

Discussion Questions &  Interaction

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.











3, 7.

Case Studies



Role Playing





1, 2, 4, 5,6.

Student Generated Content



Peer Editing/Review