Markel, Fall 2008, Peforming for a CD200 Class
CD 200, Diversity in Modern America, was developed as a part of the new general education requirements implemented in 1996. The goal of the course is to engage students in reflecting on the meaning of democratic pluralism, and in doing so, becoming aware of issues, particularly institutional racism, classism, and sexism, although study is not limited to these, that are embedded both explicitly and implicitly in America's social structures. As an interdisciplinary course, the course was developed by faculty who are drawn from the disciplines of history, sociology, social work, literature, sociopsycholinguistics, women's studies, black studies, media literacy, writing across the disciplines, and composition and rhetoric. The teaching faculty is also drawn from individuals who teach in these areas.
CD200 is a student-centered, reading- and writing-intensive course in which students question, make connections, and analyze past, present, and future institutional policies and practices that limit the potential of individuals in our society. Students are engaged in observations and field studies that involve the collection and analysis of data beyond the classroom, and in classroom discussions that support the construction of knowledge through interaction and self-reflection.
Cultural Diversity Topics and Related Web Sites:
Defining Culture and Diversity
Social Class and Economic Inequality
Latino and Latina Americans
Americans With Disabilities
People of Size
Lincoln University's Cultural Diversity Organization