Introduction to Sociology
Things I Should Have Said – Challenging Social Inequality
Often times in our daily lives we encounter situations in which we observe (and sometimes even take part in) social inequality. In class you will view a short video titled “Things I Should Have Said,” which depicts such a situation. After viewing this video, you should reflect on a situation in your own life in which you encountered social inequality, and in hindsight what you wished you had said or done differently. Then make your own video, similar to the video shown in class. Your video can be no more than 5 minutes long.
Here is a link to the video if you want to watch it again:
Your video should have these four elements:
Depict a situation in which you witnessed social inequality enacted (either through a re-creation like the one shown in the film, through photographs, through narration only, or whatever means you choose).
Include a sociological explanation of how the situation constituted social inequality, and not just a personal trouble.
Include an explanation of why you responded in the way that you did
Either what you think, in hindsight, would have been a more effective response to the situation, or why you think successfully challenging the situation on an individual level would not have been effective.
You will be graded based on the following criteria:
Explaining social inequality: 25 points
Explaining why the situation was an example of social inequality, and not just an unfortunate incident or an example of someone being mean.
Should use at least two (but ideally three) concepts from the textbook, lecture, or recitation materials.
Identifying sociological mechanisms for maintaining inequality: 20 points
Explaining sociological dynamics that “normalize” inequality and/or keep people from challenging inequality
Should use at least one (but ideally two) concepts from the textbook, lecture, or recitation materials.
Analyzing possibilities from a sociological perspective: 15 points
Identifying what you could have done differently, why you think it would not be possible to do things differently to effectively challenge the situation
Should include ideas on the relationship of agency to structure