Prior to this academic year, I had taught my Sociology of Guns seminar 5 times in the previous 4 years. Although I enjoyed teaching the class, as Chicago said, everybody needs a little time away. To retool, recharge, and refresh. So I won’t teach the course again until Spring of 2022 at the earliest.
But I regularly think about the class and its students. Recently I remembered that I never got around to posting the final reflection essays from Spring 2019. So over the next several days I will be getting those up here.
For the final assignment of the semester, students were asked to write a 1,000 to 2,000 word essay in which they would:
revisit your previous personal experience with and understanding of guns in the U.S. (as expressed, e.g., in the field trip reflection essay) in light of your consideration of the role guns actually do play in American society. Reflecting on what you learned from completing your major writing assignment, as well as the class more generally, discuss how your mind has (and/or has not) changed. Conclude this paper by considering what more you need to know in order to make informed choices about your own participation with and the place of guns in the communities in which you live and will live in the future.