WORTH: 100 points
LENGTH: 3-4 pages
AUDIENCE: Mixed—you, your classmates, and your professor.
PURPOSE: To examine your membership in groups that are ascribed, presumed and often taken for granted. To make transparent the rights and responsibilities, risks and rewards implicit in your membership in an identified inherent community
For the second essay choose a group or community to which you are naturally, inherently and/or involuntarily classified as a member by virtue of inherited characteristics or circumstances of birth. Many such communities are socially constructed and include race, class, gender, sexuality, birth-order, generation, nationality, and citizenship. As in the previous assignments, you are expected to draw on your experience as a “community” member. Relate this essay to course readings and discussions and build on what others have written about your community. This assignment will require use and citation of at least two scholarly articles. In addition to the scholarly articles you may use other print or electronic sources. Your essay should include the following:
Description of the group (how the community is defined) including:
Description of the common good as defined or practiced by the group
What do you think about the identified issue?
How does this issue affect you?
CONCEPT SHARING (50 points) – each student will prepare a 5 minute in-class presentation on a contemporary debate, issue or trend affecting his/her ascribed community as identified in the scholarly literature.