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Paper Assignment #2: How is greatness achieved?

 

 

Oprah Winfrey is a world-renowned journalist and philanthropist, who is known for having overcome countless obstacles in her rise to success.

 

The following link directs you to a student-led interview of Oprah Winfrey at Stanford University in 2014. In this interview, Oprah reflects upon her career and what she believes it takes to achieve greatness. You are asked to consider what Oprah’s perspective on greatness says about her own personality – namely, is Oprah self-actualized by Maslow’s standards? How can we tell? [Note: You are not asked to state whether or not you agree with what Oprah says, but rather to determine the way in which what she says reflects her personality structure through the lens of Maslow’s theory.]

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DlrqeWrczs

 

 

For this assignment, you are asked to consider Oprah’s personality using the theory of Maslow.

 

1.) For the first part of this assignment, you are asked to consider whether you think Oprah meets Maslow’s criteria for self-actualization.

2.) For the second part of this assignment, you are asked to use the information you just reported to argue your opinion on the following: Do individuals achieve greatness because of internal motivation? Or can they learn/be conditioned to reach their greatest potential? Does greatness require some amount of both?

 

In your analysis you should 1) use specific concepts from Maslow’s theory and 2) describe specific scenes from the interview to demonstrate that you understand the theory and can apply the theory to real-life situations.

 

When discussing Maslow’s approach, your paper should mention whether or not Oprah meets Maslow’s criteria for self actualization: Does she demonstrate any pathology? Does she demonstrate any unmet needs from Maslow’s hierarchy? Does she embrace the B-values? Finally, you should briefly describe two qualities of self-actualizers that you think Oprah demonstrates. Be specific! You will be graded on your demonstration of knowledge of the concepts.

 

Finally, I’d like to know what you think: Do you think greatness is achieved through internal motivation, or through conditioning by our environments? I’d like you to formulate your argument by addressing the following: What parts of Maslow’s theory that do you think explained well the achievement of greatness? AND what are the limitations, if any, of Maslow’s theory in explaining the achievement of greatness? (Note: If you feel stuck, consider what would have been helpful to know, but was not included, in this interview of Oprah.)

 

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Important notes on this assignment:

  • You should be able to complete this assignment by looking only at class notes and your textbook.
  • I’m not looking for one specific answer, but rather I am looking to see that you can apply the concepts and make a solid argument for the conclusions you draw.

 

Submitting papers:

  • I am asking that all assignments be submitted on Blackboard, as described in the Syllabus. (Refer to the section “Blackboard,” which follows the section “Short Papers”). When submitting a paper on Blackboard, you must a.) submit the text of the paper into the text box, in case the document cannot be opened, and) attach your paper. All documents for this course must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

 

  • If, and only if, you are not able to submit your assignment through Blackboard, please email it to me.
  • Please do not submit hard copiesof your assignments to me. The reason for this is that electronic copies are easier to keep track of and to return to you. I will only accept electronic copies.

 

  • All paper deadlines are set for 11:59 pm the day the assignment is due.Papers submitted after this time will be considered late, and deducted 5 points per day.

 

 

 

 

 

Paper #2 Grading Rubric

    Points Earned Possible Points
Formatting ·         Presence of a header that includes: Name, Paper #1, and Date

·         12 point, Times New Roman font

·         Double spaced

·         1 inch margins all around

  5
Other ·         Free of spelling/grammar errors

·         If quotations used: very short, no more than two in whole paper

·         Page minimum (2 complete pages)

·         Page maximum (3 complete pages)

  5
Introduction ·         Describe the purpose/main point of the paper

·         State which theories you plan to discuss

·         State which points of the theories you will discuss

  10
Body: Maslow

 

·         Does she demonstrate any pathology?

·         Does she demonstrate any unmet needs from Maslow’s hierarchy?

·         Does she embrace B-values?

·         Provide evidence for each of the above (or state not enough information)

  20
Body: Maslow ·         Describe 2 qualities of self-actualizers that she demonstrates

·         Provide examples of these 2 qualities

  25
Body:

Connecting Ideas/Making an Argument

·         State whether you think internal motivation (like Maslow argued), conditioning through our learning experiences (like Skinner argued), or some combination of both are most important to achieving success

·         I’d like you to explain your reasoning by addressing:

·         Parts of Maslow’s theory that you think explain well the achievement of success

·         AND any limitations of Maslow’s theory in explaining the achievement of success

  25
Conclusion ·         Summarize the main point of your paper

·         Restate which theories you discussed

·         Restate which concepts you discussed

·         Briefly restate how well you think your chosen theory describes her personality

  10
References ·         If using references other than the class textbook or your notes, in-text citations are used

·         All used references are included on a separate reference page at the end of the paper

·         In text citations have proper APA Style formatting

·         Reference page citations have proper APA style formatting

   
On Time ·         Paper turned in between 4/8 and 4/15

·         5 points deducted for each day late

   

 

All paper assignments are to be submitted on Blackboard, as described in the Syllabus. (Refer to the section “Blackboard,” which follows the section “Short Papers”).

 

When submitting a paper on Blackboard, you must a.) submit the text of the paper into the text box, in case the document cannot be opened, and b.) attach your paper. All documents for this course must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

 

If, and only if, you are not able to submit your assignment through Blackboard, please email it to me.

Please do not submit hard copies of your assignments to me. The reason for this is that electronic copies are easier to keep track of and to return to you. I will only accept electronic copies.

 

All paper deadlines are set for 11:59 pm the day the assignment is due. Papers submitted after this time will be considered late, and deducted 5 points per day. After one week, papers will no longer be accepted for credit.

 

 

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