1. Read the suggestions others have made about your concepts.
2. Write an essay describing how your fall-out shelter choices illustrated at least four of the social psychology concepts mentioned earlier. This essay should include a clear definition of each concept and then an example of how it appears in your decision. Use the feedback provided by your classmates to help you identify the examples and apply the definitions in your essay.
social psychology concepts
- Attitudes and social influence (e.g. norms, systematic vs. heuristic persuasion)
- Group categorization
- Prejudice (positive and negative)
- Survival: Frustration-aggression, reproductive selectivity, and/or evolution
- Correspondence bias
- Reciprocal altruism
- Cognitive dissonance
- Additional concepts from chapter 12 can be used as well with permission from the instructors
Fall Out Shelter ( what i wrote)
- The lawyerâ€™s 24 year old wife who has just gotten out of a mental hospital
- The 70 year old rabbi
- 12 year old girl with a below average IQ
- A male high school student who needs a wheelchair to get around
- 19 year old college student who has just come out of the closet
A fallout shelter is somewhere people are kept safe from the risks of nuclear bombs and the following radioactivity. The lawyerâ€™s 24 year old wife has just been discharged from a mental hospital; therefore, she should be subjected to safe conditions that assist towards a quick recovery. Sheltering her in the fallout shelter will assist in minimizing the risk she would be exposed to in a nuclear attack.
The 70 year old rabbi should also be sheltered in the fallout shelter, considering that he is very knowledgeable and useful in regards to providing enlightenment and guidance in the Jewish religion. Losing the rabbi will be a huge loss as the Jewish congregation relies on him for expounding and teaching the Jewish law.
The 12 year old girl who has a below average IQ, should also be among those being hidden in the fallout shelter. This is a young soul with an entire life ahead of her; furthermore, disability is not inability. Therefore, this kid should enjoy a chance to live a normal life just like other children. Learning for such children can be improved through means of peer tutoring, repetition and differentiated instruction among others.
A male high school student who needs a wheelchair to get his way around should also be among those being sheltered from the risks of the nuclear attack. This studentâ€™s life is already strained and difficult as it is. Sheltering the student will be doing him a favor, as he is not even privileged to take care of himself on his own.
A 19 year old college studentâ€™s life is also important to the country. It would be wrong to discriminate this student based on his sexual orientation, considering same sex marriages have been considered a civil marriage right. This young studentâ€™s life should be preserved and not condemned.
People Not Chosen
The 40 year old violinist is a suspected narcotics pusher and should not be let into the fall-out shelter. Reason being, this person is not observing the law and has greater chances of watching out for themselves. The 60 year old architect has lived most part of his life and chances are there are many graduate architects in need of a similar job position. The 26 year old lawyer is more likely to keep himself safe compared to his wife who just got discharged from a mental facility. The 34 year old retired prostitute has probably accomplished a lot in her life. This is evident as she is living on her annuities for five years, hence the younger lives should be prioritized before hers. The 20 year old gang member is a lawbreaker and is used to a life of violence, others genuinely need the protection more than this person. The 23 year old Catholic graduate student has a big heart and seems to care about the lives of others more. This person is not needy and would sacrifice his or her chance to be protected for the sake of those who direly need it. The 28-year-old male physicist who needs to carry his gun everywhere also should not be too privileged to be considered for the fall-out shelter. This individual does not sound peace loving, which means this opportunity would be more useful when given to others.
WHAT PEOPLE COMMENTED ON WHAT I WROTE AND SUGGESTIONS
response- John Driscoll
We both shared some one the same individuals for chosen to be picked in the fallout shelter. I like how you chose what would be more ethical by picking individuals who need the most attention. I too chose the high school boy in the wheelchair and the 12 year old low IQ girl because it would just be immoral to not help them. I did not pick the 19 year old boy who came out of the closet because coming out of the closet could mean anything, the boy could be a serial killer. I did not pick the 70 year old rabbi because of how old he is. I chose a younger life to replace him instead. I agree with most of the people that you picked to not be chosen.
I appreciate your approach, it is nurturing and protective of those who cannot protect themselves. I’m interested in your view on the 23 year old graduate student, mainly by the assumption that she has a big heart and cares deeply about the lives of others. Is this assumption based on her open views of chastity? It seems this may be a stereotype based on her presumed religious views. I struggled with whether or not to select her. I did – but based the decision solely on her age and education, being young and educated. Thank you for sharing your views.
Mary’s response (part 2)