Course material developed and edited for classroom use, exploring in a politically progressive and psychologically empowering manner the nature of the student-teacher relationship within an academic framework.
Questions for class discussion:
- According to the presenter, what is the ideal form of student-teacher decorum, or is this question left open?
- What are the responsibilities of the student and the teacher to ensure that proper decorum is maintained at all times?
- Are there feminist or anti-feminist assumptions included in the presentation? If so, what are they?
- One sociological theory is that reality is socially constructed. How does this apply to a situation involving disputed events? Expand, amplify.
- Perceptions about decorum may be influenced by pre-existing stereotypes about race, nationality, religion, gender, and age. Explain how this can operate. Give examples where stereotypes about a teacher or student might influence how events are interpreted.
- A perceived breach of decorum may lead to judgements about the protagonists, or even legal consequences. One set of moral or ethical values may clash against another. How are we to know which set of values is superior?
- In daily social interactions, we constantly give each other cues which reinforce shared ethical systems without explicitly stating ethical values. Cite examples of this in the presentation or in real life.
- Is the case made that society's values differ from those of one or both of the protagonists? Are any clues given about society's values?
- When people develop hardened positions on issues and events, how likely are those positions to change in real life?
- Are social, legal, and educational institutions highly flexible in their responses to individual incidents, or is there a tendency for certain machinery to automatically kick in? Explain.
- In the mainstream media, many stories are couched in terms of victim and victimizer. Can you think of any examples?
- Once the roles of victim and victimizer have been clearly defined, do they ever change? Does this happen frequently or rarely?
- Are societal institutions better or worse than individuals at judging the truth about particular events? Justify your answer.
- Reconcile these two statements: 1. A victim should always be believed. 2. A person is innocent until proven guilty.
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