Discussion Questions

  1. Watch this documentary--https://vimeo.com/178249464--and respond to the following questions: (1) where is the family from and what do you know about people from this country; (2) why do they decide to leave their country and would you do the same for your family; (3) where do they go, and how is their situation similar to and different from other people from this country in a similar situation; (4) how does the bond of their family contribute to their outcomes; (5) what part of this film resonates with you the most, and how did watching this film change or affirm your preexisting ideas about immigration? Explain.
  2. Read this article--https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/16/life-in-our-transgender-family--and respond to the following questions: (1) how is the family described in this story different from yours, and how is it similar; (2) what challenges might children of this couple face, and do you think most schools in America are ready to accommodate transgender students; (3) why do you think some families stigmatize their transgender children, and do you think this trend, the continued negative attitudes toward transgender people, will continue; (4) if a child desires to pursue sexual reassignment surgery, should they have the right to do this before they turn 18 without the parent’s consent? Why or why not?
  3. Read this article--http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-male-domestic-violence-shelter-20170804-story.html--and respond to the following questions: (1) why do you think it is less socially acceptable for men to seek assistance as victims of domestic violence; (2) why do you think most people don’t believe men when they share their experiences with domestic violence; (3) do you think that male and female victims of domestic violence should be housed together; (4) what are some of the unique needs male victims of domestic violence might require that female victims might not? Explain.
  4. Read this article--https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/11/how-parental-incarceration-affects-a-childs-education/414720/--and respond to the following questions: (1) what does the future of incarcerated parents need to look like to reduce negative effects on children’s education; (2) how might sociologists contribute to the task of incarcerated parenting reform; (3) are there other areas of a child’s life with an incarcerated parent that is affected other than education; (4) if the tables were turned in this study, how might you think parents would experience their child (or children) being incarcerated? Explain.