Week 6: Action, Reflection, and Social Change
Take a moment to look back at your work up to this point. You have worked through a social issue from the “ground up” and progressed through many of the steps that anyone interested in social change would take to find solutions that meet the needs of society. During this week, all of these efforts come together as you and your colleagues share insights and potential solutions to various social issues.
This is also a time for you to reflect on what social responsibility means to you and how your perspectives on social change may have evolved through this course.
This week, you discuss and evaluate different perspectives on social change. You also reflect on your own personal experience in this course.
- Evaluate a diversity of perspectives on social change
- Analyze the importance and feasibility of working toward social change
- Evaluate evolving personal perspectives on positive social change
Loeb, P. R. (2010).
Soul of a citizen: Living with conviction in challenging times (rev. ed.). New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin.
- Chapter 11, “Coping With Burnout” (pp. 287–315)
- Chapter 12, “The Fullness of Time” (pp. 316–353)
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015f).
Action, reflection, and social change [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
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1.Discussion: Feedback and Reflection
In Week 5, you developed a Final Presentation that represents a culmination of your research and work throughout this course. In this presentation, you summarized your social issue, evaluated potential solutions, and addressed possible actions you could take toward achieving resolution. With the value of collective contributions in mind, you and your colleagues consider one another’s presentations and provide mindful, research-supported evaluations and observations.
For this week’s Discussion, you review and post feedback to at least two of your colleagues’ Final Presentations, as well as respond to the feedback that you receive on your Final Presentation.
By Day 1
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Consider the fact that you have worked through a social issue from the “ground up” and progressed through the steps that anyone interested in social change would take to find solutions that meet the needs of society. Does having followed these steps empower you not only to advocate for your own issue but also to provide a constructive response to others?
- Read the Discussion Spark topic, question, or comment posted by your Instructor in the Discussion thread.
By Day 2
Post by Day 2 a response to the Discussion Spark post. Your response should contain at least two significant paragraphs. Read the Discussion Rubric, as it will inform your writing. Important Note: The Discussion Spark and the weekly Discussion topic below will be graded together. You will see one score in your My Grades area.
By Day 4
Post feedback to at least two colleagues’ Final Presentations in the Final Project Presentation Forum in one or more of the following ways:
- Recommend additional actions and objectives that your colleagues might consider as they continue to pursue their identified social issue.
- Respectfully disagree with the analysis and/or resulting stance presented by your colleagues by discussing and supporting a different perspective.
- Suggest any additional counter perspectives or problems related to proposed solutions that your colleagues did not identify.
- Recommend additional steps that your colleagues should consider for implementing a solution to the described social issue or problem.
Support your assertions by making at least two references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.
2. Assignment: Reflection Essay: Positive Social Change—An Evolving Perspective
As demonstrated in the first week of this course, there is no one single definition for terms such as social responsibility and social change. These are complex concepts determined by multiple factors. You may now recognize some of the key contributing factors that lead to social responsibility in action. Has your initial understanding of social responsibility and social change evolved through your work in this course? Have the shared comments of colleagues as well as the Learning Resources provided further insight into the value of working collectively to achieve social change?
In this Reflection Essay, you reflect on how this course has influenced your overall understanding and approach to positive social change.
To prepare for this Assignment:
- Review Walden University’s General Education Learning Outcome “Change” in the Course Project Overview and Guidelines document in this week’s resources. Consider how the General Education DEEP-C Model contributed to your ability to discover and evaluate ideas from different perspectives, and is instrumental in your progress toward achieving personal goals and effecting positive social change.
- Revisit definitions of social responsibility shared in the Week 1 Discussion in light of all the information you have considered throughout this course.
- Read Chapters 11 and 12 in the Loeb course text.
By Day 7
Write a 3- or 4-paragraph essay in which you briefly analyze the importance and feasibility of working toward social change. Address the following:
- Describe how your perspective has evolved or changed through this course and how you believe it will continue to evolve after the course.
- Explain how this experience has influenced your ability to create positive social change beyond the term of this course.
- If you choose to engage in the social issue you researched in this course, address how you will prevent burnout and engage others in your cause.
Provide at least three references using proper APA format.
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