In this class your diverse perspectives/opinions/ideas are more than welcome! Because we'll be having class discussions over history, politics, and other hot topics, there will be opportunity for disagreements (which is great!). So, we need to spend a bit of time talking about our social contract.

But first, let's watch this movie clip...


  • In what ways did the professor degrade Bobby's perspective?
  • In what way was Bobby not assisting a proper discussion?
  • How were Bobby's classmates not receptive to his ideas?

Your classmates come from all types of backgrounds (e.g., hometown, family structures, culture, religion, political affiliation, etc.). When participating in discussion, it is essential that you show a high level of respect towards your classmates. You must find the balance between expressing your views and refraining from saying something hurtful that offends your classmates.

Social Contract Activity

  • Take a moment to write down what you believe should/should not be considered for our social contract. Be specific! It may help to consider "Do(s)" and "Don't(s)".
  • Now you'll get into groups to construct a larger list. Each person needs to contribute at least two things (one "Do" and one "Don't")
  • Debrief as a class