Discussion: Becoming a Social Change Agent: Making Socially Aware Choices
The tag on your shirt may indicate that it came from another country. The name of that country will probably conjure an image of it on the map and maybe only a vague recollection, from a film or magazine, of the people who live there. However, the processes involved in making your shirt—political, environmental, and social—likely impact diverse communities and, as you have learned, those communities have multifaceted cultures. Now the name of a country on a shirt is much more than just a name.
The mission of Walden University is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so they can effect positive social change. Reflect on your experience in this course and think about ways you impact indigenous groups. How can one promote positive social change?
In this Discussion, you weigh the ethical implications of the choices that you make when you buy your clothes, foods, or other products.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the Learning Resources for this week.
- Select a product that you currently have in your home. Determine from where an article of your clothing, food, or another product that you use, originated.
- Ascertain how the origins (including raw materials, byproducts, or social issues) of this product may have impacted an indigenous people or a specific community.
- Reflect on how this knowledge, combined with what you have learned in this course, affects your ability to make socially aware choices.
With these thoughts in mind:
By Day 3
Post one paragraph that briefly describes the origins of the product you have identified. In a second paragraph, assess the extent to which your consumer choices could impact global justice and environmental sustainability. What other steps would you consider taking to promote positive social change?
|For this Discussion, your Instructor will either assign groups to threads or direct you to choose one thread from the choices listed this week. If you are directed to choose a thread on your own, follow these instructions: Each thread is limited to a maximum number of students based on class size. A thread will close if the limit is reached. If a thread is closed to new posters, select from the open threads. You will post both your initial post and your response post in the same thread.|
Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.
Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.
By Day 5
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings that contain a perspective other than yours.
- Explain how your colleagues’ perspectives do either of the following:
- Align with or complement your perspective.
- Contrast with or are in opposition to your perspective.