The goal of this page is to provide students and teachers with ‘classroom-ready’ comprehension exercises that can help them to take the abstract/theoretical aspects of the Key Thinkers and Key Concepts and see how they can potentially see their ‘footprint’ in the modern world. In some instances, the link should be fairly obvious and direct, but for others, the goal of the article might be to provide a useful ‘counter-narrative’ to some of the key thinker ideas – i.e. to help the students to engage with the ‘Alternative or Comparative Perspectives’ that are so important in the Essay Marking Scheme.
Each of these articles could become a part of a case study to support your engagement with generic essay titles, or might just be used in class as relevant homework assignments. One great way for students to engage with this process would be to complete the questions that accompany each article, but could this could be usefully supplemented by completing a TLDR sheet for each text. That way, you can begin to broaden your repertoire of critically examined case studies to use in the final exam. I hope they’re of use…
HOBBES: MS Word Version: https://polsocpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/hobbes-leviathan-johnson-covid-19-article.docx
NOZICK: MS Word Version: https://polsocpodcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/rand-paul-september-11-article-wapo.docx
FREIRE: (2 Articles – One supporting, one contrasting)
WALBY : (Structures of Patriarchy (Patriarchal State): MS Word Version
SHIVA: (Indian Farmer Protests)
DATA: A comprehension that outlines some of the historical ways in which data has been manipulated, thanks to RTÉ’s ‘BrainStorm’