This week we will be picking up where we left off in the curriculum. I have been using the textbook Social Problems3rd Edition by Joel Best to guide my lectures and thus far we have covered Chapters 1 and 2. This week you will read Chapter 3 “Activists as Claimsmakers”, which includes some topics that you had shown interest in during our note card surveys/voting. Note that you should be taking 25 minutes (maximum) per day for this course; however, you may work ahead if you need/want. I suggest minimizing distractions while you read the text as your home environments can be much more distracting than a classroom.
MONDAY: Read pages 66 – 75 (Outside/Inside Claimsmaking, Social Movements, and Framing). Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
TUESDAY: Read pages 75 – 81 (Resource Mobilization and Beneficiaries). Do not skip Boxes 3.2 and 3.3. Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
WEDNESDAY: Read pages 81 – 87 (Opportunity Structures and Summary). Do not skip Boxes 3.4 and 3.5. Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
THURSDAY: Read pages 87 – 94 (Advantages of Ownership and Activists: Principles and Practicalities). Do not skip Box 3.6. Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
FRIDAY: Read pages 95 – 98 (Case Study: Mobilizing Over Income Inequality). Answer the three questions at the end of the case study and upload your electronic responses to the applicable turnitin.com folder. You may include insights about the current economic state if you feel it is relevant.
Next week we will dissect this chapter in more depth including more research into some of the case studies mentioned in the boxes in the text.