This week we will continue looking at the claims making process as you continue reading with Chapter 4 "Experts as Claimsmakers." The last two weeks you have been focused on activists as claims makers and the shift to looking at experts in the process will connect you with a lot of the topics you have mentioned during our surveys and class discussions. This assignment should take approximately two hours this week total. This is the last chapter reading I will have you do from this text. Do not skip Boxes as they help connect the reading to pertinent case studies.
MONDAY: Read pages 99 - 109 (Introduction, Medicalization). Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
TUESDAY: Read pages 109 - 115 (The Role of Science). Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
WEDNESDAY: Read pages 116 - 123 (Evidence, Interests, and Advocacy; Officials as Expert Claimsmakers). Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
THURSDAY: Read pages 123 - 129 (Expert Claimsmakers in the Social Problems Process; Case Study - Forecasting the Future). Take notes (paying specific attention to bolded items) in your class notes.
FRIDAY: Answer the three questions at the end of the case study and upload your electronic responses to the applicable www.turnitin.com folder. You may include insights about the current events/social issues. Each question should be answered with one thoughtful, developed paragraph at minimum.
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.