discuss the term “civic illiteracy” and what it means in terms of “power”

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from Eric Liu’s discussion How to Understand Power,

a) define power and power in the civic arena (cite) (1 sentence each),

b) identify and discuss the six main sources (identify then discuss each in 2-3 sentences)

c) identify and discuss the three laws of power, (identify then discuss each in 2-3 sentences)

d) discuss how laws 1 and 2 work to keep power away from one single person (4-5 sentences)

e) discuss what does it mean to read and write power? (5-7 sentences)

f) discuss why power matters (3-5 sentences)


from Eric Liu’s discussion Why Ordinary People

a) identify and discuss the importance of each of the three things associated with “showing up for life” (identify then 2 sentences)


b) discuss the term “civic illiteracy” and what it means in terms of “power” (5-7 sentences)


c) allocations of power and power applied affect our lives daily – through policies and laws that govern all aspects of our lives.

Discuss what this means when it comes to being disengaged with civics (either by choice or lack of education).


d) what does Liu mean when he says “if people don’t learn power, people don’t wake up and, if people don’t wake up, people get left out” (give an example after you discuss this – at least 5 to 7 well-written sentences)


e) identify and discuss the four skills Liu lists for getting people on board to affect change (15:39) (identify each – and discuss in 2-3 sentences each)


f) give an example of where you might use each of the four skills to affect change in a social work setting (this may be using different examples for each or one example where you incorporate each skill clearly)


g) discuss why all of this is important – wrap all of this into a minimum of 5-7 well written sentences.

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