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Race and College Admissions
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Beer, Christopher. 2013. “Race and College Admissions”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, September. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Affirmative action continues to be a controversial topic in today’s broader society. This assignment explores different educational experiences among racial groups in the US using data and an applied "real world" example – race in college admissions. After the students read the ASA’s Amicus Brief to the US Supreme Court for the "Michigan Law School" case,...

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Subject Area(s):
Race, Class and Gender
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Usage Notes

Because of its multiple elements the full completion of the assignment takes 8-12 days from the time they receive the assignment until they complete peer grading. The ASA Amicus Brief to the US Supreme Court can be downloaded for free from:

Double-blind peer grading...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Improved writing skills and the ability to summarize others’ writing, and understanding of double-blind peer review.
  3. An understanding of how race continues to matter in the US.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Demonstration of thoughtful engagement with the complexity of the issue.
  2. The writing is clear and concise with a thorough review of ASA's argument. Completion of the grading a peer’s paper and received feedback from a peer on their work.
  3. Summarized the numerous ways which race mediates the educational experience as detailed by the ASA amicus brief.

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