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Soc 101-intro to sociology-peace focus

Sociological Biography of a Peace Activist

The Sociological Imagination challenges you to see how individual biography is shaped by the larger social contexts of the moment in history-- including culture, social relations, economy, opportunity structures and social institutions.  In fact, C. Wright Mills States "Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both."  Introductory Sociology students applied this concept to Peace Workers.

Students envelope core issues and themes from Peace activists lives and focus on them using a sociological lens.  These lives are thus put into broader historical, structure and cultural contexts.  Explaining how the lives of these great people have been shaped by the broader society in which they lived, by their social location.

Each student discusses a broad discussion of social class and race or gender of their focal activist and then incorporates other facets.

QUESTIONS STUDENTS MIGHT CONSIDER FOR THIS PROJECT:

  • What was/is the great problems or need that was being addressed?

  • What social and political changes brought this about?

  • What led to the intensity of the conflict?

  • What ideas and social movements emerged to address the conflict, either adding to the violence and suffering, or working toward reconciliation?

  • How does your selected subject fit into the social picture?

    • what brought them to leadership?​

    • how did this person's ideas compare with hose of contemporaries?

  • what made this person's contributions outstanding?​

  • Has this person with the efforts of others been effective?  In What Way?  Long or Short Term?

  • What if, anything is their lasting legacy?

  • How could their Ideas be applied to New conflicts and modern settings?