The course has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on civil society and civility (and incivility). The main factors affecting civility are political system, economics, family values, parenting styles, cultural norms fundamentals of human personal and group psychology. It is expected that during this course you will learn how to analyze civility while taking these factors into consideration.
Since the knowledge you will be acquiring will come to you in stages as we go through the material, I am requesting you to write two papers both of which will be due at the end of the course on the last day of class. This will give you time to absorb, reflect and turn in work that is edited and comprehensive.
II WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS:
Part One: Using your lecture notes and readings please write a few pages on
- The origins and development of civility (pages 23-30; 44-48; 77-83; 153-174; 192-202; 251-265; 331-338; and,
- Provide a written discussion of the Social Psychology of Civility and the Cross-Cultural Considerations based on these readings: Pages 362-408. Title Part A and Part B in two separate sections. Length: use the length you need to provide coherent narratives. I would imagine that you would need 10-15 pages to do a decent job.
***Ensure that you cite the page number(s) of the information you use otherwise your paper will lose many marks. You need to demonstrate a deep engagement with the text.
WORTH 50% of your grade.
Part Two: Write an essay on “The Ideal Civil Society.” What would be needed economical) s personal, political, emotional, and s philosophical for us to have a
society that promotes civility and does not resort to incivility except in exceptional circumstances. Title each section (i.e. perspective) separately and then end with a Conclusion in which you bring it all together and argue your case. Discuss this from a political, educational, economic, interactive (relationships) and moral points of view. Title each point of view separately in your essay. Allow yourself complete freedom. Pretend you are creating a new country or new world.
In each recommendation ex s lain WHY. And also ex s lain what the unintended harmful consequences of what you propose might be.
I don’t want just a list but an argument from you explaining how the areas are connected
and why the effects of what you recommend will be beneficial as well as, in some cases, problematic. So consider what gain there is and what social problems we may be able to eliminate and what new social problems we may inherit. Remember this is a social science course and you need to provide reasonable arguments that are supported with evidence. Length 10-15 pages or so. WORTH 50% of your grade.
DUE DATE: Both assignments are due on the last day of class in order to allow you to absorb and reflect on the material. Please feel free to consult me if you need feedback on the work as you progress with it. NO EXTENSIONS. A paper that is late incurs a 5% penalty per 48 hour period.
Edit our work carefully If you need lie) for writing. Please consult the Writing Center and/or the resources I put at your disposal. Will be explained in class. CITATIONS: See video on yoUtube.com/sociological entitled “citations”: this video tutorial walks you through it step by step.
PLEASE READ GRADING STANDARD CHART AT END OF THIS OUTLINE
Benet Davetian, CIVILITY A CULTURAL HISTORY (2009: University of Toronto Press). AVAILABLE AT UPEI BOOKSTORE
The total number of required readings is 132 pages…a very reasonable load.
Recommended Additional Reading: P. M. Forni, 25 rules of Considerate Conduct. Available at Chapters-Indigo and Amazon.ca. A great book on some very smart ways of approaching people. The kind of book that helps you in life and career. Highly recommended.