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SOC 120 University of California Accumulation Crisis & Global Police State Reflection

SOC 120 University of California Accumulation Crisis & Global Police State Reflection

Question Description

Format: 12pt font, Times New Roman, 2 pages Single Spaced

*Minimum length requirement for reflections: 1,200 words minimum (not including work-cited list)


Hello, I need help with my weekly reflection for Sociology class. I will provide you with (1) Powerpoint, (2) the readings, and (3) the YouTube links of the videos we must mention in detail in the reflection, and (4) detailed notes on the readings. The reflection is not an essay with an intro, body, and conclusion, but rather just shows the understanding of this weeks material and develop an analytical perspective on it. It is highly encouraged to use quotes from both the readings and Powerpoint. Please include work cited.

Down below I will attach the syllabus instructions for the weekly and the “Orientating Question” that was emailed to us after the lecture to help guide our reflection. THANK YOU.

TA (Teacher grading assistant) NOTE: “try to bring in more specifics from the lecture, readings and documentary, and cite them. So for example, when you describe Indonesia’s economy, say something to the effect of “As shown in lecture #2″. That makes it easier to see how you’re incorporating the ideas from different sources and gives credit where it’s due.”

*** Suggestion from TA: All you really need to do is say ‘in prof Robinson’s lecture’ or ‘as mentioned in into the temptest’ or ‘as shown in Harvest of Empire’ … they really stress that they want you to connect and show you understand the material. So like take from the ‘harvest of empire film’ how they talk about Puerto Rico and How they trans nationalized and are now in the US, take that and connect it to how Robinson talked about it in the lecture and such.


Orientating Question (must answer)

Dear students,

Your reading for this week is The Global Police State and the documentary is Loose Change. As I have mentioned in previous weeks, you should follow the general reflection guidelines in the syllabus. But if you feel you need an orienting question, here it is: Drawing on the reading, the powerpoint and discussion, and the documentary, can you make sense of this statement – “the events of 9/11/2001 helped usher in a global police state”?

Below I have cut and pasted the details for the extra credit. Remember that you must attend the event and then do a one-page write up and what was discussed. You may want to mention how the panel discussion is related, if at all, to what we have covered in class. Whatever you write, it has to show that you attended the whole event.

Finally, we have talked about capitalism and socialism throughout the course. Your reading for next week is a very brief and very easy reading book, “Socialism…Seriously.” It discusses in a reader-friendly way precisely what we just debated tonight with regard to socialism. I recommend you read it before coming to the next class as it will greatly enrich the discussion.

Your professor


Syllabus Instructions

Read these guidelines carefully. Each week, on 8 occasions, you will prepare a reflection essay of approximately 2-3 pages (single-spaced). *Minimum length requirement for reflections moving forward: 1,200 words (not including work-cited list). You are of course free to write more than the minimum required. These are not academic papers in which you need an introduction, hypothesis, conclusion, etc. They are reflections and you may use a more informal style, even stream of consciousness prose. Please note: there are two criteria we will use in grading these assignments:

Does your reflection demonstrate that you have participated in and paid attention to the lecture/powerpoint, done the readings, and engaged with the documentary?

Have you developed analytical discussion, including bringing in the terms, concepts, and theories that we discuss in the lecture and are in the readings? Have you shown how the three (lectures, readings, documentaries) are related to one another, and have you identified and discussed the underlying theme(s) that run through all three?

In addition, I will generally send out an email shortly after class with several orienting questions that you should respond to in the context of your reflection. We will be looking very carefully to see how you respond to these orienting questions, especially with regard to the readings.

Note that these reflections should not be a summary of the lecture, readings, and documentary, and nor should they be a question and answer format. Avoid mere description. The purpose is three-fold: 1) that you demonstrate you have attended the lectures done the readings, watched the documentaries, and given thought to them; 2) to identify what you did not understand and what you think is important to discuss in class, in relation to the course, and; 3) this is crucial, that you are able to synthesize the three (lecture, readings, documentary) to develop a meaningful analytical discussion on the topic of the week.

As you write these reflections, you should use the sociological concepts and terms you have acquired in the course and through the readings. We will be looking for this as we grade.


Dec. 8: Concluding Case Study in Globalization and Resistance: The Global Peasant and Farmers’ Movement

Read: Global Police State (chapter 9 in Into the Tempest)

“Reflections on a Brave New World” (chapter 10 in Into the Tempest)

Growing Power, this is a comic book and is posted on Guachospace

Course Conclusions: Capitalist Globalization, Alternative Globalizations and Resistance: Alternative Futures: What Does the Future Hold?

Youtube: Angela Davis on Black Communism,


Recent Grade Feedback from TA

“For next time, try to avoid summary of the different elements, and instead spend more of the paper on the analysis. Linking the lecture, readings and documentary together is where analysis happens. For example, what themes tie the book, lecture, and readings together? If it’s all about globalization, think about the 2 or 3 things you learned about globalization, and then with each paragraph, focus on one theme and show how the book, lecture and documentary illustrate that theme. ” – Teacher Assistant/ Grader

Please follow this. Thank you very much.

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