Discussion Question

Write a 175- to 265-word response to the following:

  • Do publicly funded health care programs overrule cultural differences for the sake of providing a standard level of care? Defend your answer.
  • Within these health care programs, do cultural differences and language barriers such as the ones experienced by the Lee family have an impact on health care compliance?

The first assignment is due February 5, 2020. It is a 2 page, single-spaced paper (Times New Roman and 12 pt font) on a collective bargaining issue in Canadian current events (eg. strike or lockout, or government intervention in bargaining). It should be based on a news item you may have seen. If the assignment is submitted late, 5% will be deducted from the grade for each day it is late.  The assignment can be submitted in class or via e-mail.

Once you come up with a current event involving a collective bargaining issue, you are to describe it clearly by providing a summary of its background and then provide an analysis about the issue.   You should be able to identify the key collective bargaining issues between the parties and critically analyze these key issues (for example, if the parties have a dispute in bargaining, you could discuss whether parties have any options in addressing or resolving that dispute).

The assignment will be marked on the following criteria:

  • Organization;
  • Clarity of writing;
  • Identification of collective bargaining issues;
  • Engagement with and analysis of issues


1. Discussion Question: How does capitalism lead to creative destruction? What is nihilism in a Marxist context?

2. Reading Reflection: Solid ONE-page reflection paper about your thoughts on the reading. This could include a brief summary and your opinion. There are not many guidelines or format (e.g., APA, MLS style) for these weekly reading reflection assignments. But please use 12-point font, Times New Roman, and don’t get ridiculous with the margin settings.

Reading: Structure and Agency in Everyday Life Introduction to Symbolic Interactionism (file uploaded)

Lecture: Lecture: Marx and the Cultural Geography of Modernity (file uploaded)

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