Discussion: Identity And Self: The Social Ecosystem
First, introduce yourself to the class. Include your major and anything you would like to share about yourself. Then address the prompt below.
In this module, you are exploring the concept of identity, self, and groups. Through this exploration, you learn that we are all a part of a social ecosystem that represents our relationships and the groups we belong to. In fact, the thoughts, feelings, and choices that result from your relationships with different people and groups help to define your identity.
First, title your post “Identity and Self.”
For your initial post, review the videos Role Strain Versus Role Conflict and Deviance: Crash Course Sociology #18. Then respond to the following:
- What are the various levels of your social ecosystem? In what ways have they changed in the past 5 or 10 years?
- If something has changed within your social ecosystem, was it intentional? Or did your social ecosystem change you?
- How have your relationships with specific aspects of your social ecosystem helped to shape your identity?
- Do you think people act more based on who they are or based on their group’s behavior? Please provide a specific example to support your position.
- How does the concept of identity and the group apply to any of the following programmatic course themes:
- Social justice
- Emotional intelligence
- Career connections
Remember to respond to two peers while being respectful of and sensitive to their viewpoints. Consider advancing the discussion in the following ways:
- Post an article, video, or visual related to the social ecosystem to reinforce a peer’s idea or challenge them to see their point from a different perspective.
- Paraphrase something from the original post. Then consider asking a question or sharing your personal experience.