Type of Paper: Discussion Essay
Academic Level: High school
Paper Format: APA
For this discussion board assignment, you should start with a brief summary of the module readings. Your summary should be about 100-150 words and the major response should be at least 150 words so in total your discussion post should be at least 250 words. Then, write a response to one the following major post questions.
Major Post Question Options (Please select at least one question from the list below):
The accumulation of technological innovations during the (late) agrarian era made the Industrial Revolution possible. What were some of the more important innovations that emerged during the agrarian era, and what role did they play in facilitating the Industrial Revolution?
A number of social scientists have discussed the fact that innovations often have unanticipated consequences. Identify and discuss some of the unanticipated consequences of innovations such as: Protestantism, steam engine, money, mass literacy, automobiles.
Discuss why the ideologies and social structures of agrarian societies generally have had negative feedback effects on technological innovation, whereas those of industrial societies have had positive feedback effects.
What advantages do large societies have in competition with smaller ones? Why do you think this? Do you think smaller societies have any advantages over larger societies? Why or why not?
Major Post: Your original post should be at least 150 substantive words. When answering the question(s), you should attempt to critically engage with the literature. This means going beyond a summary of what the textbook says about the topic. Rather, you should use that as a starting point for your own contribution.
Minor Posts: You must also respond to at least two (2) of your classmates’ posts in a substantive manner. Response posts should be at least 150 words each. It is not acceptable to repeat information from your original post in your response post to a classmate. Your response posts should propel the conversation started by your classmate forward. Posts consisting only of “I agree” or “Hello X, I enjoyed your post,” and so forth will receive no credit.
Your posts should use ASA style in-text citations, with page numbers, and contain a reference list at the end.
Please type your responses using correct spelling, grammar, and syntax.
This discussion board is worth 30 total points (20 major post and 5 points for minor post 1 and 5 points for minor post 2).