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Ethnicity & Diversity

Semester 1 : 2013

2nd Period


Emma Bay-Hansen

Room 518 (w/Mr. Demers)


Course Description:
We live in a country that was colonized by immigrants, and has been populated by various waves of immigration ever since.  The US Census Bureau has estimated that “minorities” (as currently defined) will be in the majority by 2050.  With our population becoming ever more diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, one wonders if these terms will inevitably become obsolete.
In this course, we will explore the concepts of race, ethnicity, nationality, and diversity… how they are different, how they are the same, and how they have combined to create society.  We will examine the history of diversity in the United States, with a focus on immigration patterns and policy.  Through analysis of the most current Census data, students will analyze the common metaphors of “melting pot” vs. “salad bowl.”  The class will delve into various case studies as a way to deepen their understanding of various ethnic groups.  Students will gain perspective on what it means to be American, from a more holistic angle that is reflective of the changing demographics of United States citizens.
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