week 2

This week, you may choose to watch one of two documenatry choices- Jonestown or Freedom Riders.

Both documentaries touch on the power of the situation and intergroup dynamics. However, Jonestown is a powerful example of what can happen when social influence can lead people to engage in harmful behavior. Freedom Riders illustrates an example from the Civil Rights movement of how group identity can contribute to powerful social action and social change.

Please answer the questions below. Your reflection should be no shorter than 150 words.

  • Which documentary did you watch?
  • What are some examples of social influence in the film? How did the social situation play a role in explaining the individuals’ behaviors in the film?
  • What lessons can we take away?
  • How are the events in the film relevant to social issues we see going on today?