Topic: Social and political philosophy

What Are Your Demands?

Cover of Click, Clack, Moo Cows that type. 3 cows, chickened and duck typing on typewriter

In the book Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, a group of animals refuse to produce for a farmer until he meets their demands. Read the story together (or watch a read aloud of the book online), then ask the children to make their own list of demands. Give them full freedom What Are Your Demands?

Snack Attack

Screengrab from the animated short film "Snack Attack" featuring an elderly woman sitting next to a young man on a bench

Plot Summary: The animated short film “Snack Attack” wordlessly portrays an elderly woman inside a train station. After struggling with a vending machine to purchase a packet of cookies, she puts them in her purse and then heads outside to wait for her train. She sits on a bench next to a teenager then picks up Snack Attack

For the Birds

Plot Summary: In this short Pixar film, several small birds land on a telephone wire and commence chattering and annoying one another. When a large bird lands nearby and seeks out their company, the smaller birds stop their bickering and turn as one against the large bird. Their attempts to make him leave their wire For the Birds

Macklemore’s White Privilege II

sign reads: Use your privilege to opt in.

Seattle hip hop rapper Macklemore (aka Ben Haggerty) is one of the few widely-known rappers who is white. In his song “White Privilege” (2005), Macklemore sings about his experience as a white rapper, including how being white was advantageous in the music industry. In 2016, Macklemore collaborated with Chicago singer Jamila Woods to release the Macklemore’s White Privilege II

Social Contract Theory: Creating a Cooperative Learning Environment

Wooden people figures shaking hands

Materials needed: John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, chapters two and eight. An alternative is James Rachels’ The Elements of Moral Philosophy, chapter eleven, “The Idea of a Social Contract” (see full citations and links in the ‘Resources’ section) A questionnaire (see below) Poster board for displaying the finished constitution Optional: online discussion forum; wig Social Contract Theory: Creating a Cooperative Learning Environment