Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Chapter 1, Thinking About Social Change in America)
Section 1: Chapter 1, Thinking About Social Change in America
In Chapter 1, Putnam discussed social capital. The objectives of this lesson are to discuss social capital and compare it with physical and human capital.
1) Writing Assignment: From Chapter 1, write a paragraph or two discussing what social capital is. What is social capital? What type of a connection is referred to when discussing social capital? What is social capital closely related to? How is social capital different from civic virtue? How many people have to participate in an activity to create social capital?
2) Class Discussion: How many times was the term social capital invented during the twentieth century? What does this term call attention to? When was the first known use of the concept? Who rediscovered the idea of social capital in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s? Describe each "rediscovery." Did each individual use the same...
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