Stereotyping and Individuality
These discussion boards have been designed to explore controversial topics. Often these debates have the potential to become heated. In the act of creating ideas, heat can be a good thing, but not at the expense of hurt feelings or frustration. Remember that any argument asks that we change something about ourselves. If we are asking our readers to change, we need to be civil about it. Likewise, when we are challenged by others with a different opinion, we need to keep an open mind. Remember, we are not changing the world here, only examining it.
Some important rules to follow:
- You may not attack other people or their ideas in this course. To do so may result in failure of the assignment. You may, however, disagree with the ideas of others, but do so in a constructive manner. (e.g. "I don't agree with your post. I think instead that . . . " NOT "That's a dumb way of looking at this." Debate in academia is important, but let's all be adults here.
- Ask open-ended questions (e. g. "What if we thought about things this way?"), and avoid making statements meant to be absolute or closed-ended questions ("There is no other way to think about this," or "Do you agree with me?").
- Remember to consider the lessons we've worked on throughout the rest of the class. Rather than simply reacting to the readings and the responses of your classmates, think about the arguments being made. Really consider the effectiveness of these arguments.
Go to the resources tab and use the EBSCO host link to search for the following articles, then, using the questions below as a guide, write a 75-100 word response about the issue being discussed. Next, please take the time to respond to your classmates.
Go to the resources tab and use the EBSCO host link to search for the following articles:
- Woodson, J. (1992). Where my mother touches me. Kenyon Review, 14(4), 94.
- Lun, J., Sinclair, S., & Cogburn, C. (2009). Cultural stereotypes and the self: A closer examination of implicit self-stereotyping. Basic & Applied Social Psychology, 31(2), 117-127. doi:10.1080/01973530902880340
- Choose one of the articles and write a brief summary of the argument presented there. Introduce the article by its author and title, then explain the author's argument (what the author claims and for what reasons.) Include an in-text citation.
- Quote a passage that struck you as interesting or enlightening and explain why. What does it tell us about individuality or identity? Introduce the quotation carefully with a signal phrase, such as, "Woodson explains that...", and include an in-text citation including a page number to cite your quotation.
- One of the most interesting things about stereotypes is how they can affect the actions of those who have been stereotyped. Think of a stereotype you're familiar with. Which came first, the label or the trait? How can the things that other people say about us affect who we become?
- At the end of your discussion post, make an impromptu references page: Type the word "References," enter a line break, and copy and paste the full APA references page entry (listed above) for your selected text. Remember that you will need to provide a References page of your own for this week's "Summary" assignment.
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