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Issues in Diversity

1. What is a minority group? Cite and explain the defining
characteristics according to your book, paying special attention to “patterns of disability
and disadvantage” and “visible characteristics.” By this definition, are women a minority
group? Why or why not? How about left-handed people? Americans with disabilities?
Gay and lesbian Americans? Could these groups be defined as minority groups? Justify
your decision.
2. TWO PAGE REQUIREMENT- Describe the four theoretical perspectives involving
stratification and inequality. Give me the four Theorists’ names and the theory that they
believe in. Additionally, attach to each theory an example of its usage from the chapters
we have read thus far. For example, what population has been affected by the power
system and how? Include all elements of each theory from each of the four Theorists.
– The following questions refer to the Student Learning Outcomes for the course.
3. ONE PAGE REQUIREMENT- Discuss the immigration experience as it relates to
assimilation and pluralism, referring to Chapter 2 in your book.
The following questions require a response no less than 20 sentences:
4. Thinking of the semester up until now, how have you had the opportunity to analyze
diversity issues in everyday life both in class and outside of it? Elaborate on your
5. Thinking of the semester up until now, what are your thoughts about your ability to
identify the impact of cultural and ethnic differences on personal behaviors, values and
tolerance? Since the beginning of the semester, have you experienced a change in your
thoughts, opinions, and/or attitude regarding any of the issues or populations we have
6. Thinking of the semester up until now- You have researched additional forms of
diversity during the Journal assignment, Interview assignment, the Paper Proposal
assignment, and perhaps even for the Weekly Discussions. What are some of the
significant findings from your specific research that you were previously unaware of
and how has this benefitted you?