Imagine that our country is under threat of imminent nuclear attack. You must make the important decision of who to let into the nearest fall-out shelter. There are 12 people vying to get in, but you can choose only five. Your choices include:
- a 40-yr-old violinist who is a suspected narcotics pusher
- a 60-yr-old architect
- a 26-yr-old lawyer who will only go in if he can bring his wife
- the lawyer's 24-yr-old wife who has just gotten out of a mental hospital
- a 70-yr-old rabbi
- a 34-yr-old retired prostitute who was so successful that she has been living on her annuities for five years
- a 12-yr-old girl with a below-average IQ
- a male high school student who needs a wheelchair to get around
- a 20-yr-old gang member
- a 23-yr-old female Catholic graduate student who speaks publicly on the virtues of chastity
- a 28-yr-old male physicist who will only come into the shelter if he can bring his gun
- a 19-yr. old college student who has just come out of the closet
Which five do you choose? Go to Group Forums. List your choices in the Fall-out Shelter Group Forum for your group. Additionally, explain your rationale/reasoning behind choosing these five individuals. Finally, also explain why you didn't choose the others.
Directions - Part 2
Complete the second part of the assignment by 11:59 pm Friday of Week 7 so that students can write their essay soon after collecting feedback.
Read the choices and explanations posted by others in the group forum. Pick one of the other student's posts and write a response. Responses need to be more substantive than things like "I agree. Good job." They should be 3-4 complete sentences asking questions about the choices or clarification of the explanation, challenging assumptions made, and applying one of the social psychology concepts listed below. Your responses should also be respectful and given in the spirit of helping everyone learn.
The following social psychology concepts can be used in your response:
- Attitudes and social influence (e.g. norms, systematic vs. heuristic persuasion)
- Group categorization
- Prejudice (positive and negative)
- Survival: Frustration-aggression, reproductive selectivity, and/or evolution
- Correspondence bias
- Reciprocal altruism
- Cognitive dissonance
- Additional concepts from chapter 12 can be used as well with permission from the instructors
Repeat this for at least two other class members. This means that you will respond to a total of 3 students. If a class member has not received feedback from anyone else, that might be a good person's response to review.
Responses need to be substantive by asking questions and sharing your answer to the question, giving examples or counterexamples, etc. Responses that consist of only one statement of agreement or disagreement will not earn full credit. Responses that are completely off-topic will also not receive credit.
You will receive only partial credit if all your submissions are posted on the same date. For instance, you can post two times on one day and three times on another day. Spacing your postings across several days allows for more of a dialogue. When you post, others need time to respond to your post.
This assignment allows you to decribe social psychological concepts and apply them to making choices. It also provides feedback from multiple points of view, which is useful when analyzing situations.