Unfortunately, signs of inequality are often manifested in education systems, formal and non-formal schools. Those who are most often targeted are individuals from minority, indigenous and other vulnerable groups. In class, you were asked to choose between reading one of two cases related to educational injustice and inequality (particularly against a religious minority)--anti-Muslim discrimination in U.S. Schools and denied access to higher education for Bahá’ís in Iran. After reading the case that you selected, please make sure to answer the following questions: 

  1. Which case did you read? Please provide a brief summary (two to three sentences) explaining the background of the case study you read. 
  2. What do you think the potential and actual causes of this kind of discrimination could be? Why is it happening in the first place? What factors are at play here?
  3. How would you personally feel if you were in the place of the religious minority group that was discriminated against? Please explain your response. 
  4. Think of a time during any part of your own educational/sc experience in which you experienced and/or witnessed an act of injustice, discrimination, inequality, inequity, and/or prejudice taking place. Please explain the event, and how you reacted to it. Would your reaction be any different now? If so, how so? If not, why not?

***Your response (blog post) to this blog above is required by Sunday, December 18, 2011  at 11:59 p.m.***
This past week included quite a few issues and social problems that occur both on the micro and macro levels, particularly with regard to issues of injustice, inequality, violence, conflict, poverty, discrimination, disease, infection and poor physical and mental health. 

While it is easy to fragment social problems into pieces, it is important to recognize how social problems and issues are interconnected and related to one another. Such a consideration is also relevant to the discussion of war and terrorism and how they can potentially contribute to greater degrees of inequality within society, as well as negatively impact human health.  

For this blog assignment, please look up a specific war or terrorist act from any time in history that took place in any part of the the world (make sure to include the reference you found in your blog post). Include a brief description of the war or terrorist act that you have chosen, and in your own words, address how this particular conflict resulted in inequality and/or affected people's health and well-being.

***Your response (blog post) to this blog above is required by Sunday, December 18, 2011  at 11:59 p.m.***
For this scenario, you are working at an environmental policy firm in Downtown Washington, DC. You have been asked to offer a training to local residents of Washington, DC about how they can use technology to help conserve and maintain a sustainable environment within urban communities. It is also important to keep in mind how these factors can also contribute to the workforce.

Please create a list of practical steps and actions people could take in Washington, DC that are split into the following categories below  (at least four actions per category). Check out the National Park Service Center for Urban Ecology website to help you get some ideas about resources that are endemic to the Washington, DC area. Please also make sure that you are not repeating any actions that have already been posted by other students in previous posts. 

The categories for the list of actions are as follows:
  • Actions to take in the household
  • Actions to take in the community
  • Actions to take in the workplace
***Your response (blog post) to this blog above is required by Tuesday, December 6, 2011  at 11:59 p.m.***
Both structural-functionalists and social-conflict theorists try to study and analyze social problems and issues at the macro-level. However, they both differ in their perceptions as to how notions of power are distributed within U.S. society. Choose of the two approaches, and address the following questions: 
  1. How does this approach perceive the distribution of U.S. power in society?
  2. Do you agree with this approach? Why or why not? 
  3. What are the limitations of this approach? 

***Your response (blog post) to this blog above is required by Tuesday, December 6, 2011  at 11:59 p.m.***