Why do they keep doing this thing that’s not working?



What was that about? Why do they keep doing this thing that’s not working? They always do this. Everyday life is usually familiar, habitual — those happenings and practices we rarely take notice of. But breakdowns happen. These can include but aren’t limited to, miscommunication, mistreatment, problematic patterns, marginalization, or devaluation of that which you value. This project asks you to identify a breakdown and use tools from the course to gain insight. For this writing, you will choose one breakdown, observe and describe it in thoughtful detail, and analyze the situation using two different theories from the list I will give you. Conclude by reflecting on what you have learned in the course.

For this project, a breakdown can be any situation you find problematic. Process

1. Plan and observe: Choose the problematic situation you want to analyze. Write notes on your memories of the situation. Carefully observe and make notes about people, practices, and spaces related to the situation. Choose the two readings you would like to use to shed light on why the situation happened.

2. Write a 1-page note to me explaining the problematic situation, your observations to date, why it is important or interesting to you, and what readings you think you might draw on to shed light on the problem.

Please ensure that your proposal contains the following:

1. A clear definition of the breakdown (problematic situation). This is not the same as just a general theme (eg. addiction). Your breakdown needs to be specific.

2. Which 2 readings do you plan to use and which concepts do you plan to engage to help you understand the breakdown better.

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Why do they keep doing this thing that’s not working


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