A course calendar will be provided for you on Canvas. Due dates will follow the Course Schedule.
Before you begin your written assignments, carefully read the relevant sections in the APA Manual (6th ed.), or consult one of several online resources that provide APA guidelines. You are responsible for following all guidelines on these pages. To be acceptable, all written work must be grammatically and stylistically correct. Be sure to edit your written works carefully before submitting them.
Reading Assignments & Participation
You are expected to become knowledgeable of the course materials including the primary text, Contemporary society: An introduction to social science (13th ed.). Our focus will focus primarily on Chapters 1, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 18 (eight chapters). The topics included in the textbook are comprehensive and students will find the book useful for this academic course and beyond.
Participation & Discussions (10% of Total Grade):
Thoughtful reading, careful writing, and timely submissions are practices important to student success in this course. Graduate-level writing requires students to develop high-level skills and abilities in reading comprehension, critical thinking, and the synthesis of literature. Students must learn to appropriately represent and cite the work of others, and use research literature to support ideas, claims, and assertions. Demonstrations of these skills are also expected in other Master of Human Relations (MHR) courses and when writing the departmental Comprehensive Final (for MHR majors) near the completion of your program. Please review Human Relations Graduate Program Planner for details. http://humanrelations.ou.edu/Websites/hr/images/Program%20Planner-08%2008%2016.pdf
You are expected to post an introductory discussion post for the class. In addition, you are responsible for posting a discussion response to my prompts for each chapter (we will cover eight). These are to be a minimum of 12 complete sentences. You will also respond to a minimum of two peers’ discussion posts as well. Due dates for each discussion are provided on the course calendar.
Summary Paper (10% of Total Grade):
Represents 10% of the final grade - due date is in accordance with the class schedule.
“Human relations in its broadest sense covers all types of interactions among people—their conflicts, cooperative efforts, and group relationships. It is the study of why our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors sometimes cause relationship problems in our personal lives and in work-related situations. The study of human relations emphasizes the analysis of human behavior, prevention strategies, resolution of behavioral problems, and self-development” (Reece & Brandt, 2008, p. 4). Reece, B. L., & Brandt, R. (2008). Effective human relations: Personal and organizational applications. (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
As stated in the OU-Human Relations Student Planner, human relations is a multi-disciplinary field, which draws on other academic disciplines, including the social sciences. Accordingly, the aim of the first paper is to provide students an opportunity to explore the field of social science as an introduction to the study of human relations. In Chapter One of the Perry and Perry text, the authors assert that the purpose of the social sciences is to examine methodically the range of human conditions and behaviors while employing an approach from the physical sciences (p. 2).
You are asked to provide a summary of Chapter One and include the following: a) an elaborated explanation of the fundamental differences between the social sciences and the natural sciences; b) a brief description of three of the social science disciplines listed in the chapter and the commonalities among them; c) a concise discussion about the issues, concepts, tools, and practices involved in studying the social world; and d) a detailed explanation describing how the social science field informs is directly related to the area of human relations. Use the definition of human relations (Reece & Brandt, 2008) provided above to assist in show the associations and connections between the field of social science and the area of human relations. This paper will be submitted to the appropriate dropbox on Canvas by the due date. Due dates will be provided on the class schedule on Canvas once the course begins.
Five Topical Papers (30% of Total Grade):
Papers are 10 % each, totaling 30% of the final grade. Each due date is in accordance with the class schedule. Choose three topics from those listed below, carry out research on this topic, and prepare a paper for each one. Each paper should be a minimum of five complete double-spaced pages. Your papers should draw on the Perry and Perry textbook and at least one other relevant reading (i.e., recent scholarly journal article, academic book--publications should fall within 2014 – Present). Please include a cover page with the topic you have selected. Papers should be in APA format. These papers will be submitted to the appropriate dropbox on Canvas by the due date. Due dates will be provided on the class schedule on Canvas once the course begins.
List of Topics related to Human Relations from which to choose:
· Chapter 7: Social Stratification; Social mobility
· Chapter 8: Race; Ethnicity
· Chapter 9: Gender; Sexuality
· Chapter 12: Marriage; Divorce
· Chapter 13: Religion
· Chapter 14: Education
· Chapter 18: Economy
Chapter Quizzes (35% of Total Grade):
Quizzes are 7x5 = 35% of the final grade. Each due date is in accordance with the class schedule.
In this course, quizzes help to facilitate familiarity with and understanding of course terms, concepts, and theories related to the study of human relations. Quizzes may constitute a combination of matching terms to remember, fill in the blank questions, and multiple-choice questions. Students are expected to have read and studied assigned chapters prior to completing the associated quiz. Each quiz is timed, and students will not have enough time to search and find each answer. Additionally, students are expected to incorporate terms, concepts, and theories in course papers and group paper.
Group Project of Film Analysis (15% of Total Grade):
A Conversation with George Henderson: http://videos.oeta.tv/video/2365268209.
Students will view the film, “A Conversation with Dr. George Henderson,” an OETA/PBS film that features the creator of the OU Human Relations program. Students are asked to examine the film in light of issues related to human relations as captured in the course materials including the Perry and Perry textbook (i.e., race, ethnicity, class, status, power, life chances, education) and to provide a brief analysis (6 full page minimum). Although it is essential that every member contribute to the project, one group member will be selected to post the final paper into the Dropbox. This assignment represents 15% of the final grade and is due according to the class schedule. Groups can communicate in person, via email, or the professor can provide a discussion forum for each group to communicate regarding these film analyses.
This paper will be submitted to the appropriate dropbox on Canvas by the due date. Due dates will be provided on the class schedule on Canvas once the course begins.