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Tetsuden Kashima
AES 450
Seattle Campus

Socio-Cultural and Environmental Effects on American Ethnic Groups

Introduces newer social science and health science related work on race, ethnicity, culture, socio-cultural, and environmental issues affecting American racial minorities. Considers differential rates of physical and medical problems such as cardiovascular disease rates, diabetes statistics, low birth weight children, etc. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Course Description: Do African American women, compared to Anglo American women with comparable socio-economic status have lower birth-weight children? If so, why does this happen? Do Mexican immigrants, even with relatively lower incomes, tend to be healthier than the average American? Is it also true that the longer they stay in America, and even as their economic status improves, that they start to experience poorer health in various ways? If so, why does this occur? Do the statistics for Japanese American second-generation males show an increasing level of cardiovascular problems, now approaching the American level, while their genetic counterparts in Japan do not evidence this change? If so, what are the reasons for this? We will examine these and other central findings revolving around race, ethnicity, culture, and social-economic factors that affect or cause physical or medical problems in the American ethnic groups. This will be a small lecture course with student participation vital to the learning process.

Student learning goals

Student learning goals: How do societal, cultural, and environmental factors affect differentially health issues and therefore the statistics of American ethnic groups?

General method of instruction

General method of instruction: This will be a lecture course with students reading course materials, view an initial video productions. They will choose a relevant group and health issue to explore. The emphasis is on lectures, class discussion, preparation for a paper, researching, and presenting their papers

Recommended preparation

Recommended preparation: Junior or senior class standing with some courses in the AES Department or interest in a particular ethnic group's health risk and outcome is desirable but not mandatory.

Class assignments and grading

Class assignments and grading: Quizzes, last examination, presentation of research findings, and research paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tetsuden Kashima
Date: 01/22/2014