In the beginning, I identified political, sociological, and philosophical studies to be main source of interest in the social studies. History dragged far behind. I wanted to try a little bit of everything so that I could understand what I am interested in within social studies. To be honest, the results of that are not really what was expected. I thought that I would have clear cut idea of what I wanted to do in the future in relation to socials. In reality, I have come out of socials more confused in that sense. I did not like history, and here I am now enjoying my time with the american and french revolutions. I have realized that it’s not really any subject that I take a liking to, it is the style in which it is presented and taught.
The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change
- Eminent person Benton MacKaye and the Appalachian Trail
- Social revolutions: carbon tax
The environmental aspect is one that I added into our social revolution cycles near the beginning of the year. In my cycle, the components touched on are technological, environmental, social, and political. I refer this cycle to the prominent fossil fuel dispute that was happening within Canada at the time. I spoke about how a technological advancement such as the boom of coal and other fossil fuels in the 1700s would then impact the environment directly, and how that environmental impact triggered a social uproar, causing change in the political systems and action and, in turn, the next technological advancement.
Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between Societies.
- Trump and the followers
- Social classes and their sway on the decision making process
Social classes have massive sway on decisions made in most any context. Your family history, assets, and the way others perceive you not only taint your own morals and opinions but the manner in which others interpret and value them. If your attributes give off a sense of great importance, than your opinion could blot out those of multiple people ‘below’ you. This in itself is a massive disparity in power. This imbalance can affect the communication between groups and individuals, and therefore the relationship in its entirety.
Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events
- Bathroom politics
- Rape culture, prosecution and prevention
- Syrian war and refugee crisis
The way that emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events is potently represented in the bathroom politics controversy. Gender fluidity and change has never been a prominent or comfortable subject for western society, nor has much consideration been given to it before. Realistically, we are the first generation to be forming opinions on this topic, and because of this it can be confusing and uncomfortable to talk about, especially because it is something for which we have no reference, nor do the people who usually influence or inspire our opinions. There is no way for us to know how our thoughts will be received. Our society is extremely tentative and confused as to how to absorb and incorporate non-traditional gender identity into our lives.
- Cause and consequence
- Explain the why
- Ethical judgement
- Go into implicit judgements
- Continuity and change
- More contrasting, extrapolating out of direct topic
What comes next?
In my future with socials, I will be continuing to explore the endless possibilities presented by the skills and mindset I have developed and will continue to develop throughout my socials studies experience. I still have a lot of figuring out to do, and I have realized that i don’t have to know where I want to go right now.