The Social Science Department e-portfolio showcases the knowledge, learning processes and critical thinking of LWTech's social science students. The portfolio is a collection of our students’ assignments. It provides instructors and students a place to collect and reflect upon various types of digital “artifacts:” papers, essays, research projects, images, videos, presentations, and discussions, to name a few. In the portfolio, we collect our student work that stands out as exemplary. This work showcases student performances, skills, talents and knowledge as reflected in social science assignments.
The portfolio offers a portrayal of our student learning across courses and over time. It is used to assess our department outcomes as well as to present our work to students, instructors, future employers, other colleges and the general public. The student portfolio can also serve as an important resource for faculty to write recommendations for future schools and job applications. In our portfolio, students can document and reflect on their learning and demonstrate the development of their knowledge and skills.
While working on this assignment, I learned the importance of speaking up and identifying one's privilege. We live in a society that chooses to disengage in the reality of privilege and its role throughout our American history. I recognize my privilege as a white female living in the United States, and how my way of living differs from others. The value of this reading is for us to bring awareness to the injustices we see in our society by recognizing our own privileges. It's crucial that we speak up, stand up for what is right, and demand equality for all.
I wrote this paper for my sociology class, when writing it I was able to explore the fine line between what is considered normal behaviors and social deviance. I also was able to identify how media plays a role in our lives and the impact that family has. Eating disorders do not discriminate. The belief that you have to be underweight is a problematic ideology. I hope by sharing a small portion of my story that people will feel empowered to strip themselves of the shame that comes with this label.
This academic paper delves into a closer look into narcissistic personality disorder. This assignment helped to expand my knowledge from many different aspects culturally and scientifically. As a part of abnormal psychology, this research paper helped me to explore through the DSM-5. It had taught me how to effectively read and site scholarly sources using what is provided through the LWTech website. This is a skill that is of value and should be put into good practice. Having done so, I will carry along what I have learned from this for the rest of my academic career.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is much more complex than one would assume. While walking into this research project, I realized that I had many critical assumptions to address if I were to write a respectful, and more importantly, honest paper. Instead of dismissing my prejudices, I ultimately chose to highlight them as a revealing trend throughout society. I began uncovering common ideologies that work against the treatments that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition) proposes. This assignment exercised my research and critical thinking skills, while driving me to recognize the underlying causes for seemingly straightforward issues.
During the process of writing this paper, I was able to apply some basic sociological principles to a unique subculture, while I was learning them. This helped me to get a better grasp on these ideas, bringing them to life.
The ability to identify a topic of interest, research skillfully while organizing your thoughts for a reader develops ones capacity to scan for relevant supporting information and discard the rest. This skill takes time in ones academic journey but is an vital skill not only in the academic realm but the workplace as well. I am a returning student taking a few classes before beginning a doctoral program and this assignment was a integral reminder of the developmental process of learning. The journey of writing the paper was where the learning occurred, the outcome was just a nice Sunday read
In the making of this paper, I was afforded the opportunity to reflect on a multitude of personal experiences that have greatly expanded both my capacity for empathy and perceptions of my mental illnesses and others’.
An overarching theme of the course was that you have to take action towards Social Justice first by exposing yourself to a population different from your own. By welcoming another’s culture with open arms and hearing them out, you’re enabling your ability to see their life both realistically and empathetically. Which, in the end, helps you to adequately help them. This course of action leaves no room for the lack of awareness that drives ignorance.
Mental “illness” is very much still a taboo subject in most any social setting, and many people don’t realize that mental “disabilities” create great vulnerability for the people with them. So, I want to share a portion of the brutal reality that is my journey to recovery in an unsupportive, stereotype-heavy society. Perhaps by bursting the bubble of denial, my story will open someone’s eyes to the weight of depression, anxiety, C-PTSD, and PTSD.
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