When you write your Post-Course Analysis Paper, your work should demonstrate your increased understanding of the course concepts and your social issue, compared to the Pre-Course Analysis Paper. So, you may use some of the ideas from your Pre-Course Analysis, but you should not “cut and paste” words from it. The expectations for the Post-Course Analysis Paper are higher than for the Pre-Course Analysis Paper, as I expect you to know more now than you did at the beginning of the course.
1) List the Making Contact episode’s a) full title and b) full URL (web-link).
2) Look back at your answers to the Pre-Course Analysis assignment. Discuss how this course has affected your analysis of your social issue. [1 paragraph or more]
3) Pose three interesting questions about your problem, for which you still want answers, now that you’ve taken the course.
4) THE PSA STATEMENT
a) Specify the audience to whom you’re writing your PSA. Your audience should be specific and clearly described; small enough to fit your message; realistic for your life; and relevant to your social issue.
b-d) In 100-150 words, use the Problem, Solution, Action (PSA) statement format to present the social issue (“the problem”) on which you’ll be focusing.
(Do not attempt to summarize the entire episode or all the problems it discusses. Instead, focus on one problem.)
5) Name two organizations with whom you could connect, to work on the problem. These should be organizations that are working to fix the problem, not organizations that are causing the problem. For each organization, explain at least one of the strategies it uses to work on the problem.
a) Organization 1
b) Its strategy or strategies for working on the problem [1 paragraph or more]
c) Organization 2
d) Its strategy or strategies for working on the problem [1 paragraph or more]
6) Discuss how your problem reinforces two of the social group hierarchies named in the Tatum (2000) reading (e.g., classism, sexism, racism, etc.). Do the following:
a) Identify two relevant social hierarchies
b) Identify the relevant groups in those social hierarchies
(e.g., which groups are privileged by hierarchies 1 & 2; privileged by 1 & oppressed by 2; oppressed by 1 & privileged by 2; oppressed by both 1 & 2)
Then, use a basic intersectional analysis to explain how the problem privileges and/or oppresses those different social groups in different ways:
c) Privileges group 1 based on both hierarchies. [1 paragraph or more]
d) Privileges group 2 based on one hierarchy, but oppresses it based on the other hierarchy. [1 paragraph or more]
e) Oppresses group 3 based on one hierarchy, but privileges it based on the other hierarchy. [1 paragraph or more]
f) Oppresses group 4 based on both hierarchies. [1 paragraph or more]
7) From the perspective of the United States Master Narrative, explain your social issue. [1 paragraph or more]
8) Using the same social hierarchies & social groups you previously identified & applied above, identify stereotypes about each group that reinforce the Master Narrative’s explanation/ justification of the problem. Do the following:
For the first hierarchy,
a) name at least one stereotype about a privileged group & one stereotype about an oppressed group in that hierarchy.
b) explain how each of those stereotypes reinforces the Master Narrative and contributes to the problem. [1 paragraph or more]
c-d) For the second hierarchy, also answer prompts a) and b).
9) Explain how institutional oppression operates in your problem. Be sure to clearly explain why the oppression is institutional-level, as opposed to other levels. Do the following:
a) Name an institution that is relevant to your problem.
b) Explain at least one way that that institution’s policies or practices privilege and/or oppress the social groups that you previously identified above. [1 paragraph or more]
10) Use two of the Five Faces of Oppression to explain how the problem privileges and/or oppresses each of the social groups you named above. Do the following:
For the first Face,
a) Name & summarize the general dynamics of the Face [1 paragraph or more]
b) Explain how & why that Face’s dynamics clearly describe the ways that your problem privileges some groups and oppresses other groups [1 paragraph or more]
c-d) For the second Face, also answer prompts a) and b).
11) Using the Cycle of Liberation model,
a) name the stage of the cycle that best characterizes where you personally are, in relation to the problem.
b) use the characteristics of that stage to explain why you named that stage. [1 paragraph or more]
c) name three things you could do to move to the next stage in the cycle.
12) Explain your personal action plan for working on the problem — beyond “raising awareness.” Explain what you could realistically do in:
a) one month [1 paragraph or more]
b) six months [1 paragraph or more]
c) three years.
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