Consider the personal stories Loeb (2010) has shared about Virginia Ramirez, Julius Davis, and Alison Smith. Ramirez was enraged when an elderly woman died because her home did not have heat; Davis was awakened from discouragement after accidental exposure to a Malcolm X speech; and Smith witnessed unethical environmental practices in her neighborhood. Each event sparked something in these individuals to move them from emotion to action.
As you reflect on these stories and on your own experiences, pay attention to what sets apart the people who talk about things they care about and the people who act on them. Moreover, while it is one thing to take action one time, what goes into making sure that such socially responsible actions continue?
This week, you explore social issues that become social movements, and examine the factors that contribute to a social movement’s sustainability. You also conduct further research on your social issue topic, and write a literature review focused on potential solutions to this issue.
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Loeb, P. R. (2010). Soul of a citizen: Living with conviction in challenging times (rev. ed.). New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin.
- Chapter 5, “Unforeseen Fruits” (pp. 105–124)
- Chapter 6, “The Call of Stories” (pp. 125–160)
- Chapter 7, “Values, Work, and Family” (pp. 161–194)
Black, K. (2007). Considerations in writing a literature review. New Social Worker, 14(2), 12-13.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015c). Exploring social issues that become social movements [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 4 minutes.
1.Discussion: Implementing and Sustaining Social Movements
By Day 1
- Review this week’s assigned reading from the Loeb text.
- Select three movements of social responsibility from the reading on which to focus. What common factors do they share in terms of impetus to becoming a movement? How sustainable has each movement been and what has contributed to that sustainability?
- Read the Discussion Spark topic, question, or comment posted by your Instructor in the Discussion thread.
By Day 2
By Day 4
2.Project: Course Project: Literature Review
- Read the Black (2007) and Walden University Writing Center (2011) articles and review the Sample Literature Review in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Use the Walden Library to research multiple perspectives regarding potential solutions to the social issue you selected in Week 2.
- From this research, identify a minimum of two potential solutions to the social issue.
- Select a minimum of two scholarly resources from the Walden Library to support each of the potential solutions you identified.
By Day 7
- Describe at least two potential solutions to the social issue. What are the key steps involved with each potential solution?
- Are the potential solutions feasible? Explain.
- Are there any conflicts among the various perspectives regarding potential solutions to the social issue? What are the conflicts that exist? If you do not believe there are any conflicts, explain how you arrived at this conclusion.
- What are the interests, rights, and values of all parties (stakeholders) involved with the potential solutions to the social issue?
- Are there ethical dilemmas involved with the potential solutions the social issue? Explain. If you do not believe there are any ethical dilemmas, explain how you arrived at this conclusion.
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