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PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in PSA

Course Description

This course will focus on the identification and analysis of various cultures and their diverse historical, economic, and societal variations within the context of the public safety sector. (3 credits)


  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2
  • Background in public safety, or obtained permission from the instructor to take this course

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify various cultural groups.
  2. Formulate historical elements that explain value and significance of cultural beliefs and practices.
  3. Increase knowledge and awareness of various cultural and ethnic groups.
  4. Reexamine personal prejudices so in order to relate diverse cultural groups.
  5. Recognize various cultural beliefs and practices in order to respect various differences.
  6. Define and describe various legal implications of violating ethnic and cultural differences and uniqueness.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading


Four Case Study Papers


Five Discussion Participation


Ethnic Identity Paper


Group Wiki - Ethic Awareness


Community Points




Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Schaeffer, Richard T. Racial and Ethnic Groups. 14th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-377099-5

Course Schedule

WeekReadings and ExercisesAssignments


Lesson 1

  • Readings:
    • Part 1, "Understanding Race and Ethnicity", Chapters 1-3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Participate in Introductory wiki
  • Complete Case Study 1


Lesson 2

  • Readings:
    • Part 2, "Ethnic and Religious Sources of Conflict", Chapters 4 & 5
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Case Study 2
  • Begin group project and have at least one group meeting online and establish initial wiki page.
  • Begin personal genealogical study for the Ethnic Identity Paper due at the conclusion of the class


Lesson 3

  • Readings:
    • Part 3 “Major Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups”, Chapters 6-9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussion boards
  • Prepare a case study of a current racial or ethnic problem from a print-media source (Case Study 3)
  • Conduct another online group meeting


Lesson 4

  • Readings:
    • Part 4 “Major Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups” (cont..), Chapters 10-14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in discussion boards
  • Prepare a case study of a current racial or ethnic problem from a print-media source (Case Study 4)
  • Finalize and submit group wiki project
  • Continue researching for Ethnic Identity Paper


Lesson 5

  • Readings:
    • Part “Other Patterns of Dominance”, Chapters 15-18
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in dicussions
  • Submit Ethnic Identity Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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