The Great Dream Discussion Paper


Table 1

I. Macro-Level (Objective)

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Society, region, law, bureaucracy, policies, architecture, technology, system

II. Macro-Level (Subjective)

Examples: culture, norms, values, language , status, power-authority

III. Micro-Level (Objective)

Examples: Individual patterns of behavior, action, and interaction, family/friends/associational networks

IV. Micro-Level (Subjective)

Examples: Individual beliefs, perceptions, role, and interpretations of reality

Refer to the readings for this week summarized in Table 1; the Sociological Imagination discussed in module 1; and leadership styles summarized here ( ). Select one (1) of the following scenarios and answer questions that follow:

Scenario 1:
Imagine you are working at a large corporation in a senior management position. You are asked to fire some of your employees. Describe how you would go about it to make a final decision.

1) Discuss the Sociological imagination and compare that with the Macro-Micro levels of approach to understanding social phenomena.

2) Choose a leadership style that suits you, and discuss factors at the Macro-Micro level that you would consider in order to make the decision. Explain why or why not.

Scenario 2:
Identify a prevailing social problem in the U.S. and do the following:

1) Discuss the Sociological imagination and compare that with the Macro-Micro levels of approach to understanding social phenomena.

2) Choose a leadership style that suits you, and develop a model describing how you would go about to solve the problem while taking into consideration the sociological imagination, and the macro-micro level issues.

Lastly, comment on at least one of your classmates post by highlighting a specific point that relates to the readings we have covered so far.

Grading: This assignment will be graded based on the quality, and not quantity of the discussion. The following aspects of your post will be considered:

  • use of, and accurate application of relevant concepts and ideas from the readings and related sources
  • specific examples used to illustrate the writer’s point
  • academic rigor, this includes reasoning, questioning, providing justification, and
  • appropriate citation using APA style



Instruction: Sep 13.2019 9:00 PM

For this discussion, you are asked to read a Jataka (meaning “birth”) tale called “The Great Dream”. Jatakas are stories about the former lives of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha about which you have read in Chapter Two. These stories originated in ancient India, between roughly 300 BCE and 400 CE, and were collected together in Buddhist canons and writings. In these stories, the Buddha appears in various roles, such as an animal or king, and through his words and deeds offers a moral lesson. In this regard, the tales are not unlike Aesop’s Fables. Scholars have noted, however, that most of these tales were not necessarily Buddhist in origin, but rather adopted a Buddhist setting to convey a moral allegory and social commentary. Also, historians find that these tales offer insight into ancient India’s societies and popular culture.

For this discussion, in 2-3 substantial paragraphs, please explain the lesson or lessons the story is trying to convey. Furthermore, examine the author’s social commentary. For instance, what we can learn about the author’s (or authors’) opinion of Brahmins, gender roles, and the signs of society in decline? [Note: In the document, the Buddha is referred to as the “Chief Brahmin”.]

You will also need to post a response to at least two of your classmates’ posts, considering the validity of their insights.

Also, make sure that your response(s) consist of a substantial paragraph.