Which of the following aspects of society do you think are affected by our political system: the economy, the family, religion, education, social class, our understanding of minorities?

Discussion 1

The Impact of Power

The political system of a nation has far-reaching influence, impacting various aspects of that society. In this discussion, respond to the following:

  • Which of the following aspects of society do you think are affected by our political system: the economy, the family, religion, education, social class, our understanding of minorities?
  • For those you have identified as being affected, what is the effect?
  • What are some subtle forms of power in your everyday life? Professional life?
  • Can you see any relationship between these forms of power and the readings from Mapping the Social Landscape text?

Discussion 2

Censoring Terrorism

We regularly hear and read about global conflict in the media. Governments are regularly attempting to diffuse violent conflict and terrorism. Review the video Global Conflict, and respond to the following questions in your discussion post:

  • Should governments be able to regulate Internet content in order to reduce terrorism?
  • Should terrorist groups be able to use the Internet to advocate for their cause?
  • How might our understanding of power influence your answer?

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