This reflection directs you to think about how individual power and privilege relates to structural advantages or disadvantages. This may be one of the hardest, but most important, concepts when studying sociology. You will relate your own privilege to the struggles of others who face inequality in our society.
Remain objective when composing your reflection. There is a lot of flexibility in this assignment, but you must demonstrate your ability to think sociologically. Therefore, avoid personal opinion, unless backed up by justifications in social theory or research; avoid offensive/derogatory language or insults; and keep an open mind.
DO: Complete the Privilege Activity that starts on page 4 below. Give yourself one point for each statement that you respond to as “true” or “mostly true.” You should have between 0-60 points. You are NOT required to share your answers with me or anyone else. Though the Privilege Activity is not inclusive of all forms of privilege, this activity is meant to help you reflect on the privileges we each have. I expect that everyone will have at least one point, if not more. The goal is not to demonize privilege, but rather to show the diversity of privilege, acknowledge that privilege exists, and show that everyone is typically privileged on one or more of the dimensions that these statements reflect (religion, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, physical ability, gender, sex, and sexuality).
Part1: Write a reaction to the activity. Again, you do not need to tell me the specific statements that you agreed or disagreed with since some of these are very personal. You do not need to share your number (0-60) either. You can, but you don’t have to. You should write a general reaction to the activity and the types of privilege and power that exist in our society. It may be useful to think about our in-class discussions about privilege.
DO: Next, find a news story about social inequality published within the last two years from a reputable source (one that is unbiased, trustworthy, accurate) about a type of inequality for which you are privileged. That is, those experiencing this inequality should lack the privileges you have. For example: If you are heterosexual, you could look for a story dealing with homosexuality. If you are Christian, maybe you find a story about inequality perpetuated against those of another religion. Make sure to provide a link or citation to the article.
Part 2: In your own words, provide details about the incident of inequality focused on in the news story. Reflect on the differences in power that groups who experience inequality often face, particularly when multiple identities intersect (like race, class, and gender). Reflect on the ways 2 in which dominant ideologies (belief systems) develop with regard to aspects of power and privilege. Include the link or traditional citation to the article at the end of this section.
Part 3: Compose a conclusion that includes two focuses. First, using course terminology and concepts, compose a summary that assess how privilege and power connect to the recent news story you examined. Second, comment on the purpose of this assignment. Why were you asked to complete it? How does it contribute to meeting our course objectives? Course objectives can be found in the syllabus.
FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS and GRADING RUBRIC
Your paper should be written in narrative format (full sentences, paragraph format), structured using the headings presented below.
ANALYZING PRIVILEGE • WRITE1 from above. React and reflect on the privilege activity.
A CURRENT INCIDENT OF INEQUALITY • WRITE2 from above. Summarize the news story. Comment on the ways in which the specific incident of inequality reflects issues of power and privilege.
COURSE CONNECTIONS • WRITE3 from above. Comment on the ways in which the incident of inequality connects to course concepts. Also, assess the connections between this assignment and course objectives.
To receive full points for each section, you must answer all parts/questions presented in the directions, demonstrate deep thinking, and be organized and clear in your writing. Be sure to proofread your paper for grammar, spelling, and clarity before submitting it.
Paper Formatting and Submission Requirements
Your paper should be written in narrative format (full sentences, paragraph format), structured using the headings presented above. It should be 3-4 double-spaced pages, with 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and paragraph format. Save your reflection as a .doc or .docx file. You must ensure that the correct file uploads to D2L. Name the file something specific to this assignment.
pages for part 1 is attached. pages 4- 7 is used for part 1
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