Throughout this course I have learned about social behaviours, and I have started to better understand cultures, race and society. This course has helped me to better understand why people act a certain why and how I can personally deal with the actions of others. Moreover, I have learned about why it is important to look deeply into issue people are facing in society and try to debunk them. This course has helped give me a new perspective on global issues and it has taught me to always question society.
A core concept that came up many times in the duration of this semester is the concept of debunking. Debunking means: to look at the obvious and deeper explanations of social behaviour. To fully understand someone, you must not only observe them, however you must also decode their behaviour and try to explain the reasons behind they are behaving accordingly. I believe debunking is an important concept in order to fully understand a situation. In society today, minorities tend to try and debunk out system more than the majority, since it is not as beneficial to the minority. There are taken for granted assumptions in society, and the minorities approach them and challenge them.
One issue that I was interested in throughout the semester was racism. I used to believe it was wrong to bring up this issue and I felt uncomfortable. However, as this semester progressed I realized that addressing this issue is the only way to solve it. I used to feel uncomfortable saying “the white people” or the “black people”, however I have come to realize that saying those words are not the real issue, it is the stereotypes and discrimination associated with those words that is wrong. I used to believe that we were overcoming racism and that we are much better off now than we were years ago. However, now I realize that in some ways, racism has become worse since it is more subtle and hidden. The issue is much easier to deal with if everyone can see it, however when it is hidden it’s harder to address. Moreover, I learned that “not seeing colour” will not solve any of our racism problems and instead we must acknowledge it and look at colour with logic. If we approach race logically, we come to realize that it does not in fact exist. If race does not exist then racism should not either. This whole concept is a man-made idea that is not logical in any sense. It was created to be able to discriminate and take advantage of other humans.
Core concepts such as debunking and issues such as racism taught me life lessons that I will build on and continue to use throughout my life. This course has taught me to always question ideas in society and challenge them, for they are all created by humans and we tend to make mistakes. It has taught me to not judge but instead strive for change. The content in this course has truly inspired me and changed my perspective on life. It exposed me to issues and solutions in society. I have already started questioning my own thoughts and my own actions to better myself. I know that I will someday take this knowledge and spread it to make a change, even if it is a small one.