CSUN Sociology Discussion

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For our Discussion Forum, we covered areas related to non-traditional family structures, educational settings, and citizenship engagement. This Reading Reflection #6 asks us to analyze family challenges, theoretical perspectives on education, and governmental power.

***CONTENT ADVISORY***: Chapter 14.3 reviews information related to hardships for families, including intimate partner violence (IPV). For this reason, you may select either option A or option B for your reading reflection readings and prompts.

Please select either Option A or Option B, whichever best suits your personal needs and sensitivities. Then, please read your option’s assigned readings from the Introduction to Sociology textbook in order to complete your answers in your reflection (each chapter and section in the table is hyperlinked, simply click on the title and it will immediately take you to that chapter section):

Options for Week 6 Reading Reflection
OPTION A OPTION B
Chapter 14.3 Challenges Families Face Chapter 16.2 Theoretical Perspectives on Education
Chapter 17.2 Forms of Government Chapter 17.2 Forms of Government

Directions

Be sure to respond with full sentences, with at least 5 sentences per question, and to be as specific and thorough as possible in your reflections.

Reading Reflections – If referencing the textbook is requested in the prompt, please include citations such as page numbers from the reading to support your statements. If you include references to external works, like research articles or scientific textbooks, these must also be properly cited.

Option A Questions

  1. Chapter 14.3: Define intimate partner violence or IPV, using and citing the textbook as your resource. Next, outline why you believe more than half of these experiences go unreported. Why do you think abuse victims are unlikely to report their abuser for IPV?
  2. Chapter 17.2: Define the concept of oligarchy using and citing the textbook as your resource. Do you feel the United States has ever been, is currently, or will ever be an oligarchy? Why or why not?

Option B Questions

  1. Chapter 16.2: Based on what you know about symbolic interactionism and feminist theory, what do you believe supporters of those theories see as the role of education and educational models (i.e. schools)? Please use and cite the textbook, in addition to any lived experiences you wish to share.
  2. Chapter 17.2: Define “oligarchy” using and citing the textbook as your resource. Do you feel the United States has ever been, is currently, or will ever be an oligarchy? Why or why not?
    Criteria Ratings Pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOverall clarity and legibilityDid the student answer the questions in a clear and thoughtful manner? 5 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOverall argument structureDid the student concisely address the assigned questions with: the minimum number of sentences, clear connections and citations to the reading and/or external materials (if requested), and relevant personal argumentation? 10 pts
    Total Points: 15
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