The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)

The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)
The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)
The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)
The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)
The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)
The Lifeboat Debate (Sociology Final Project)
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As a final project in Sociology 12, students work collaboratively in researching various disciplines in the social sciences and mount a defence of each in a compelling scenario. They will use their skills as Sociologists in order to effectively defend the roles that other social disciplines play in shaping society. This research will culminate in a class wide debate where students will present their findings and offer compelling evidence that their discipline is necessary for the development of a society.
In essence, students will be presented with the following scenario:

Imagine you have been on a luxury cruise to the Bahamas when disaster strikes. A fire has broken out on your ship and it has begun to sink. Along with your fellow passengers, you rush to the lifeboats only to find that you won’t be able to fit everyone on board. In the distance, you can see what appears to be a deserted island where you and your fellow passengers can start over and build a new society with the skills you’ve learned in Sociology 12. There is only one spot left on your lifeboat and three social scientists looking to occupy the seat. As Sociologists it is up to you to decide which discipline offers the best chance of survival for your society.

Students will be assigned a social science and work as a group to prepare a presentation that shows why their field deserves the final spot on the lifeboat. They will use their skills as sociologists to convey what each discipline offers a society and why it would be an asset. At the end of the project, students will hold a secret ballot vote to determine which group made the most compelling argument for their social science.
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