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Spring 2022 Advanced Programs - Advanced Programs Face to Face or Virtual - Human Relations

[H R 5053] Diversity/Justice-Organizatns - 221

Allen Cannon

Course Description

Diversity and Justice in Organizations

This course focuses on the topics of social justice and inclusion within organizations from a variety of perspectives. Using research, case studies, and personal experience, students will explore and frame discussions of the egalitarian concepts of fairness, equality, and opportunity, while utilizing their understanding of these issues to examine the practices of both governmental and private sector organizations.

Class Dates, Format, Location and Hours

DatesMarch 22 – 27, 2022
FormatVirtual; Course to take place via Zoom and Canvas.
Location for on-site coursesBuilding 2775, 2nd Floor, Room 11. Kapaun Air Station, Kaiserslautern, Germany
HoursTuesday - Friday 6:00 - 8:30 pm; Saturday 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. CET and Sunday 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. CEST
Last day to enroll or drop without penaltyFebruary 21, 2022

Site Director

NameMs. Cinthia Raez & Ms. Izete Seppala 
Office address/locationRamstein Education Center, Bldg. 2120, 4th Floor, Room 421, Ramstein AB, Germany
Office hoursMonday- Friday on Ramstein AB- 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
DSN and CIV phoneDSN: 480-6807 or CIV: 49-06371-47-6807

Professor Contact Information

Course ProfessorAllen A. Cannon, Ph.D.
Mailing AddressPSC 333 Box, 2704 APO AP, 96251
Telephone Number002-240-271-6300
Professor availabilityThe professor will be available via email to students before and after the class sessions.

Textbook(s) and Instructional Materials

Student materials are available at the OU Bookstore Website at The website has book selling, renting, buying, returning, and order tracking capabilities. If you need help with an order, or if you have any questions contact the toll-free phone at 1-(855)-790-6637, agents are available from 9a – 5p (EST) Monday – Friday. Text prices are available online.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues
Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 9781260180299
Course materials

Instructions: Brown, N, Tubelle de Gonzalez, L and McIlwraith, T. (2017). Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology, 2017 American Anthropological Association, 2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 1301 Arlington, VA 22201 ISBN: 978-1-931303-55-2. This part is made available through the Open Textbook Library. You can access open textbooks via the OU Library. Download the E-book at the following URL: You are given the option of downloading the textbook as a PDF file or as an e-reader file. It is recommended that you download the PDF file, as you can view it without an E-Reader. Page numbers of book chapters are also referenced by PDF page numbers.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand course terminology;
  • Recognize the role of government in enforcing and inclusion practices;
  • Examine current barriers to optimal use of inclusion and diversity in the workplace; and to
  • Distinguish organizations that value and effectively integrate diversity in the workplace

Teaching Philosophy

This course is intended to create an environment where both the students and instructor bring their experiences and knowledge to the discussion forum to create a successful learning experience. The role of the instructor is to facilitate and guide student learning. The role of the student is to be an active, responsible, and dedicated learner. The topics discussed in this course can be sensitive. All are expected to respect the learning processes of others and to dialogue maturely and tactfully.

Students should contact the instructor if they are unclear regarding course expectations or outcomes. This syllabus is a guide only; it is not conclusive.

Course Outline

Course Schedule (Subject to Change):

I have organized the course as follows: (this schedule is subject to change, as I reserve the right to alter this plan according to the flow of discussion and other circumstances.)

Assignments, Grading and Due Dates

Introductory Essay: Hardcopy due first night of class.

Compose a seven to nine-page (of content) essay (APA, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, double spaced, 1-inch margins).  Cover a cover page and references list.  Reference the OWL at Purdue University for an example of an APA formatted essay.  Include at least eight scholarly references involving theories, concepts and issues related to Social Justice, diversity and inclusion.

Essay topic:  Explain what diversity and social justice mean to you.  What has been your experience of diversity and social justice thus far in your life (if any)?   

Reading Assignments:

Students must read the text chapters and lectures as assigned on Canvas course interface.

Class Participation or Discussion:

Class participation is an essential element of this course.  

Exam: There will be an exam on Saturday, testing students' knowledge of social-justice-related terminology.

Narrated Presentation:  

Students will deliver their presentations on Saturday and Sunday (if needed).

  • You will select a topic inspired by an issue or chapter from the “Social Justice” text for your presentation and an organization.  
  • You will notify the instructor in advance of the topic you wish to present, providing details concerning why you chose the topic.
  • Discuss the core issues relating to the topic.
  • Present in detail the arguments of both the “pro” and “con” presenters.
  • Explain how this topic relates to social justice.
  • Choose an organization that has dealt with the social justice aspects of this topic?
  • What was the issue?
  • What stance did they take?
  • Present your perspective on the topic.
  • You must include additional scholarly research beyond the text to support your argument.
  • Did your research reinforce or expand your perspective on the topic?
  • Creativity is encouraged during presentations. 

Final Essay:

This assignment is due one week after the completion of the course (April 10).  This due date may change based upon the due dates for grades at the end of the semester. This essay serves as an opportunity for students to showcase again writing skills and understanding of the terminology presented in the texts and throughout the course.

This final essay expands upon the topic you present in your narrated presentation. Compose a seven to nine-page essay (APA, Times New Roman 12 pt font, double spaced, 1-inch margins) using at least fifteen scholarly references involving theories, concepts and issues related to Social Justice and inclusion within an actual, existing organization.

You should address the following points in your paper:

  • Explain the nature and core issue of the topic.
  • Explain the opposing arguments presented by the two authors.
  • Explain the concept of Social Justice and how it relates to your topic.
  • Provide an example of an organization that has been intrinsically linked to the topic.
  • What was the organization’s stance, and how was the issue resolved or remedied (if at all)?
  • What paradigms, organizing principles, or theoretical underpinnings were used?
  • Were benchmarks developed regarding the issue?
  • Do you agree with the resolution mechanism?
  • How has your perspective altered or remained the same regarding the issue?
  • What are some important lessons that can be learned from this particular experience?


This is a letter-graded course: A, B, C, D, or F. 

Assignment Due Date Percent of Grade
Introductory Paper Turn in the first night of the class 30%
Class Participation Throughout the course 20%
Narrated Presentation Due the end of Week Ten 30%
Final Essay Due one week after the end of the course, April 10, 2022 20%

Incomplete Grade Policy

Notice: Failure to meet assignment due dates could result in a grade of I (Incomplete) and may adversely impact Tuition Assistance and/or Financial Aid.


Attendance/Grade Policy

Attendance and participation in interaction, individual assignments, group exercises, simulations, role playing, etc. are valuable aspects of any course because much of the learning comes from discussions in class with other students. It is expected that you attend all classes and be on time except for excused emergencies.

Excused absences are given for professor mandated activities or legally required activities such as emergencies or military assignments. It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide without penalty for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required class work that may fall on religious holidays. Unavoidable personal emergencies, including (but not limited to) serious illness; delays in getting to class because of accidents, etc.; deaths and funerals, and hazardous road conditions will be excused.

If you are obtaining financial assistance (TA, STAP, FA, VA, Scholarship, etc.) to pay all or part of your tuition cost, you must follow your funding agency/institution’s policy regarding “I” (Incomplete) grades unless the timeline is longer than what the University policy allows then you must adhere to the University policy. Students who receive Financial Aid must resolve/complete any “I” (Incomplete) grades by the end of the term or he/she may be placed on “financial aid probation.” If the “I” grade is not resolved/completed by the end of the following term, the student’s Financial Aid may be suspended make the student ineligible for further Financial Aid.

Students are responsible for meeting the guidelines of Tuition Assistance and Veterans Assistance. See the education counselor at your local education center for a complete description of your TA or VA requirements.

OU faculty will submit grades online through ONE not later than 30 days after the course end date. Course end dates are approximately one calendar month after the final seminar date on this syllabus and are provided on the official scheduling website for reference.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct 

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship. Academic assignments exist to help students learn; grades exist to show how fully this goal is attained. Therefore all work and all grades should result from the student's own understanding and effort.

Academic misconduct is any act which improperly affects the evaluation of a student’s academic performance or achievement. Misconduct occurs when the student either knows or reasonably should know that the act constitutes misconduct. Academic misconduct includes: cheating and using unauthorized materials on examinations and other assignments; improper collaboration, submitting the same assignment for different classes (self-plagiarism); fabrication, forgery, alteration of documents, lying, etc…in order to obtain an academic advantage; assisting others in academic misconduct; attempting to commit academic misconduct; destruction of property, hacking, etc…; intimidation and interference with integrity process; and plagiarism. All students should review the Student’s Guide to Academic Integrity at 

Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate learning environment. All students should review policies regarding student conduct at 

Accommodation Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to making its activities as accessible as possible. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact your local OU Site Director.

Adjustment for Pregnancy/Childbirth-Related Issues

Should you need modifications or adjustments to your course requirements because of documented pregnancy-related or childbirth-related issues, please contact the professor as soon as possible to discuss. Generally, modifications will be made where medically necessary and similar in scope to accommodations based on temporary disability. Please see

Title IX Resources

For any concerns regarding gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or intimate partner violence, the University offers a variety of resources, including advocates on-call 24/7, counseling services, mutual no-contact orders, scheduling adjustments, and disciplinary sanctions against the perpetrator. Please contact the Sexual Misconduct Office at or (405) 325-2215 (8-5), or the Sexual Assault Response Team at (405) 615 -0013 (24/7) to report an incident. To learn more about Title IX, please visit the Institutional Equity Office’s website at 

Course Policies

Extended Campus (also and formerly known as Advanced Programs) policy is to order books in paperback if available. Courses, dates, and professors are subject to change. Please check with your OU Site Director. Students should retain a copy of any assignments that are e/mailed to the professor for the course. Neither duplicating services nor office supplies are provided.

Any and all course materials, syllabus, lessons, lectures, etc. are the property of professor teaching the course and the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and are protected under applicable copyright.

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Statement on Respect

The classroom should provide a safe learning environment where students can express their views without fear of reprisal. That freedom of expression must be balanced by demonstrated respect for other’s viewpoints and appropriate and reasonable sensitivity, especially within the context of scholarly disagreement.  Disrespectful or uncivil dialogue (including, but not limited to, personal attacks, insults, or harassment) will not be tolerated.

Recording Devices/Phones/Computers

It is important for students to be fully present during class to fully benefit from lectures, discussions, and experiential assignments. Class sessions may not be tape-recorded. All telephones and pagers should be turned off or placed on silent mode. Computers may not be used during class. Students who require an exception to this policy should discuss exceptional circumstances with the professor.


Allen A. Cannon, Ph.D.


  • 2013 Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Leadership, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman OK
  • 2019 Master of Instructional Technology, Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, KS
  • 2014 Master of Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in International Relations, University of Oklahoma
  • 2004 Master of Human Relations, Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Current Positions

  • Training and Development Specialist, HQDA, Army Medical Command
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Oklahoma
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College

Major Areas of Teaching and Research Interest

  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Issue Framing
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Organizational Communications
  • Political Communications
  • European Union Politics
  • Immigration Issues