California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: September 11, 2014
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 3: Week of September 14, 2014
To stay on track, you are researching your preapproved visual project topic and you have signed up for your first meeting.
You are falling behind if: 1) you have not emailed me your visual project topic, and 2) you have not signed up for your first meeting.
Topic: Adversarialism & Mutuality
- Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic. The Derrick Bell Reader . --
- Gordon Fellman. Rambo and the Dalai Lama. -- Parts 4 & 5.
- Samuel Walker and others. The Color of Justice. -- Chapter 1.
- Video: "The Butter Battle Book" (to be shown in class)
Lecture related links:
- NEW "theory, policy, practice"
- NEW Adversarialism AND Mutuality
- NEW Adversarialism
- NEW Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.
- Sticks and Stones -- Labelling Matters.
- Class and Internet Discussions
- Those Infamous Grades and Letters of Recommendation
- "The Case Against Gold Stars" by Alfie Kohn.
- Cooperative Learning
- "Academic Accountability"
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
Concepts to be covered:
- paradigm shift
- "theory, policy, practice"
- definition of the situation
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to do this week's readings and view "The Butter Battle Book" to be shown in class. Due: Monday, September 22nd.
- Which -- competition or cooperation -- is more characteristic of today's American society? Why. Provide examples to better illustrate your point.
- What is meant by "paradigm shift?"
- Relate Dr. Seuss' "Butter Battle Book" with the early chapters of Rambo and the Dalai Lama? How does Fellman's book relate to September 11, 2001 and the war? Why. Also refer to: September 11th and the War and Neither Adversarialism nor Mutuality Espouse, But a Cautious Balancing of Both .
- Read Theory, Policy Practice. What is the relationship between theory, policy, and practice? Given today's global events, what might Fellman have to say about adversarialism and mutuality in terms of "theory, policy, practice"? Why.
Suggestions for Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your visual projects. Must relate to "race, crime, law." Must be approved before starting your visual project. Cannot be something that you are doing or have done for another course. Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works, (not the popular press -- Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated). You are expected to turn in a bibliography with each visual project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your visual project progress. Email me your ideas ASAP.
- Explore and examine competition in a specific social setting, (i.e., education, workplace, sports, law, religion).
- Evaluate the writings of Alfie Kohn.
- What are some global examples of mutuality? Trace the origins of one particular project.
- Spencer Johnson. Who Moved My Cheese? (if not being read for another course, past or present)
- Alfie Kohn. No Contest. The Case Against Competition.
- Alfie Kohn. Punished by Rewards.
- Alfie Kohn. Beyond Discipline.
- Thomas Kuhn. Structures of Scientific Revolutions. (about paradigms).
- The 9-11 Commission Report
- Desmond Tutu. No Future Without Forgiveness.
- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.