For Reflective Project #3, you have three options that you may select from. Please ensure that your paper is around 3 pages, double-spaced, with a heading (your name, course info, etc.) and a creative title. Remember that you must include a works cited of all outside sources that you use, so be sure to incorporate that within your paper. Lastly, factors such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar certainly count towards your reflection paper grade, so be sure to edit your paper beforehand.
1) Consider writing about a topic related to Relationships, Marriage, or Family in general that you're passionate about and know/have learned a lot about, that you would want to share with a wider audience. For a great example, see Blaire Ward's article on Medium, called "Blaire's Bounce-Back/Break-Up Bible (Links to an external site.)" (and if you become interested in her work, I highly recommend an experiment she conducted and wrote about last year, called "Ten Dudes on Tinder (Links to an external site.)"). You will submit your writing via this link as usual (Word Doc or PDF), but with an additional link to the public forum (your choice!) that you posted your work on.
2) Select a topic that you still want to learn more about, beyond what we explored in our course. If you're unsure of what topics you're interested in exploring more, consider reviewing the "Constructing New Knowledge" parts of some of our Reading Logs, where you identified things you'd like to learn more about. Once you have a topic in mind, reach out to me via Canvas Inbox to let me know what you selected, and I will send you a few articles to help you get started on your deeper exploration. To find some research on your own, two great resources to consider are: the Family Inequality blog (Links to an external site.), and The Society Pages' Families As They Really Are blog (Links to an external site.). Then, write a reflection paper on what you learned from this research, and your overall reactions to this new knowledge. Be sure to cite all of the sources that you used to inform your work.
3) If you would prefer a prompt instead of free choice for this Reflective Project, here is your challenge this time around: Read the brief report from the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF), on "How Does the U.S. Rank in Work Policies for Individuals and Families? (Links to an external site.)" After reading this brief, choose a country outside of North America, and research its work-family policies. After completing this research, summarize your understanding of the CCF Brief, and then compare the current U.S. policies with those of the country you researched. Conclude with any recommendations you would make to Congress, on the (comparative) state of our work-family policies.