Project #52667 - Intro to Sociology

PART 1 MINIMUM 250 WORDS

Our text first address the concept of globalization on page 70, however, most of the discussion regarding the effects of globalization are found in chapter 10 where Immanuel Wallerstein's "World Systems Approach" is introduced along with analysis of high medium and low income nations. Also central to our understanding of the effects of globalization and the theoretical analysis of this phenomena are the conflicting perspectives of "modernization theory" versus "dependency theory". A final discussion on globalization is located in section 18.2 of our text.  After a through reading of Chapter 10: Global Inequality, section 18.2: gloabalization, and viewing the video links below-  (1) take a position on globalization regarding its positive and negative effects on core, semi-peripheral and peripheral nations and their workforces. Make refference not only tothe efects of these nations but also the effect on inequality within those nation.  (1.a) Cite direct quotes / data sets / facts from our text to support your position on this first question. (2) Make special reference to the history of U.S. labor relations and worker rights as it relates to our current attitude toward organized labor in the U.S. (2.a) Again, support this perspective with references to the text and/or the videos). (3) Compare and contrast the early U.S. policies toward worker compensation and worker rights with those of  current labor-intensive, low income countries as they attempt to move into modernity.

Regarding web-link access:(SEE UNIT 1 DISCUSSION NOTE - REGARDING ALL WEBLINKS WITHIN THE REMAINING DISCUSSION BOARD FORUMS)

History channel video: Theodore Roosevelt vs. J.P. Morgan 

http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/theodore-roosevelt/videos/theodore-roosevelt-vs-corporate-america

Noam Chomsky: on Violence in the Labor Movement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMV-cU27pg8&feature=related

Hidden Face of Globalization

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bhodyt4fmU&feature=related

PART 2 MINIUM 250 WORDS

In preparation for developing your thread for this discussion on "Hidden / Implicit  Bias"

(1) Go to the website: Teaching Tolerance: sponsored by the southern poverty law center - http://www.tolerance.org/hiddenbias( SEE UNIT 2 DISCUSSION NOTE - REGARDING ALL WEBLINKS WITHIN THE REMAINING DISCUSSION BOARD FORUMS). After reading the introduction page on Hidden Bias, select the hyper-link in the first paragraph, at the top of the page titled: Project Implicit.  From the Project Implicit homepage- chose one of the two options in the box titled - Project Implicit Social Attitudes.You can either "register or continue as a guest". If you register for the study your results will become part the national sample and your assessment results represented in thestudy's national findings. On next page you will need to read the 'Preliminary Information" page and select "I Wish to Proceed". On the next page you will see several assessments of hidden bias. For this assignment you are to complete the Race IAT and the Gender/Career IAT assessments.

(2.) Take the Implicit Bias Assessments for both race and gender/career.

(3) Once the assessments are complete copy your results statement from both assessments to be used as the opening sentence of your thread. Your results may read: you show no, slight, moderate or strong automatic preference for one group or the other. The chart showing percentages below this results statement represents the finding form the U.S. population sample who have completed the assessment before you. The same holds true for the gender assessment results statement.

 

(4) Develop a discussion thread including (4a)  A statement analyzing the concept of Hidden/Implicit bias & your feelings concerning the validity of the instrument and validity of your personal results (4b) A statement regarding your speculations regarding the source of your assessed bias, if any (4c) A statement regarding the national results and their implications for prejudice and discrimination in the U.S. (4d) A description of how this experience and insight might affect your future thoughts and actions.

PART 3 250 MINIMUM WORDS

In preparation for developing your unit 4 thread, read Chapter 16 in the text thoroughly. Pay special note to the functions of education, the theoretical perspectives on education, Pierre Bourdieu's concepts of cultural capital and social class reproduction. Also note the findings from the "Coleman Report of 1966".  Two additional sourcees of reference material for the development of this thread are:

(1) A video Interview: The Gap between Rich and Poor with Stanford professor Sean Reardon talking about his new study showing a widening of the educational achievement gap between high-income and low-income students -

(SEE UNIT 1 DISCUSSION NOTE - REGARDING ALL WEBLINKS WITHIN THE REMAINING DISCUSSION BOARD FORUMS)

http://cepa.stanford.edu/news/gap-between-rich-and-poor-grows

And

(2) The "On Point" audio interview with Tom Ashbrook - Education Lessons From Top-Ranked Finland And South Korea

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/02/07/finland-south-korea 

Develop a thread referencing, IN BOLD FONT, as many of the terms and concepts from chapter 16 (eight minimum) as are relevant as you develop an argument outlining the problems and solutions for the U.S. public education system . Obviously you will also include ideas you glean from listening to the “On Point” interview and viewing the Reardon video. In this thread describe your perspective on the major problems facing public education in America. Describe what needs doing, to bring about real change in education for all students. Be specific in your description of the problems and solutions, as they relate to the textbook concepts mentioned above. What types of structural changes need to be made to implement your plan to improve public education. Think in terms of what new public policies would be necessary to support your proposed changes.

 

As a salute to those who continue to struggle for change - follow the web-link below to the inspiring work of an ex-fourth grade teacher and spoken-word poet, Taylor Mali who has committed to recruit 250,000 new teachers by 2020. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU

 

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