Case Study 1
Jose is a Mexican immigrant. He currently lives in Phoenix AZ. Has had lived there approximately 3 months. His cousin Marco also moved to the United States but lives in a small town in Illinois. Neither of the two cousins speak English. In a 1-2 page paper address the following: Based on their location, do you believe that Jose or Marco have equal opportunity for upward mobilization? What challenges might they face? Defend your response. Include at least 2-3 definitions from your text book to explain your response.
Case study 3
|Sherriff Jones lives in a small New Mexico border town. Many in his community are complaining about immigrants crossing private property to enter the United States from Mexico. Of concern is the number of immigrants crossing with ties to Mexican drug cartels. In fact, drug mules are frequently stopped at the border. Still, many in the community are of Mexican decent and are opposed to strict immigration policies. They have come to the United States to seek better wages and living conditions. Sheriff Jones is seeking federal assistance to place more troops in high traffic border crossing locations.
Will you give Sheriff Jones the necessary resources? Why or Why not. Use credible sources to support your comments regarding data about immigration crossing and drug cartels. Defend your response. Be specific. Give examples.
Case study 4
|In 2014, communities became divided over the shooting of Michael Brown. Michael Brown was an 18 year old black male who was shot by a white police officer. This event created a division of opinions, including protests and riots in various parts of the country. Everyone has an opinion about the grand jury’s declination to prosecute Officer Wilson. In this case, you are being asked to suspend your judgment. You have been called to mend relations between members of the Ferguson community.
In a 1-2 page paper, discuss what will you do to help heal the race relations in the community? Be specific and provide examples of your ideas to broker peace.
Case study 5
|Yinshee has immigrated with her family to the United States from South Korea. She attended a private school where she learned English. She is attending a public school in Detroit that is predominantly African-American—(about 70% of the student population). James is white and has moved to the same school from Casper Wyoming. Both students are nervous about beginning their first day of school.
In a 1-2 page paper address the following: In your opinion, what challenges might these two students face? How might they be perceived by their peers, or do you think that their peers will even make note of the new students’ ethnicity? Defend your response. Be specific. Give examples..
Case study 6
|George is a 21 year old Jewish graduate student from New York, attending school at a large southern university in the Bible belt. While George is familiar with Christians and has many Christian friends who mutually respect his religious beliefs, the students from the southern university seem to have little knowledge of the Jewish religion and culture. In fact, one devoutly religious student expressed concerns regarding George’s spiritual welfare and reminded him that “The Jews killed Jesus.”
In a 1-2 page paper address the following: How might George respond to the student’s comments about the “Jews killing Jesus?” How can George make his response a learning and teaching experience for the seemingly ignorant student? Be specific. Give examples.
Case study 7
In Chapter 12 of your textbook, the author poses the concepts of Cultural Assimilation vs. Pluralism. In a 1-2 page paper address the following: Define both Cultural Assimilation and Pluralism. Be specific. Give examples. Discuss which of the two concepts you believe will best address cultural issues in the United States. Defend your response.