Discussion Boards are a major part of the course as well as a big part of your overall grade in the course. Interaction is the key to learning! For this course, interaction is based on discussion board posts.
- Each student must post their own response to the discussion board question (called an original thread) along with posting a response to at least two other student postings (called a peer response).
- When you respond to a peer posting, you don’t always have to agree with them. Use your critical thinking skills and analyze their response, give more details or challenge their assumptions. Being a good student means using critical thinking!
- You will want to create discussion board assignments that are meaningful and interesting to you personally and to your colleagues in the class.
Textbook References: Clear references to the textbook are required in both the original thread post and both peer responses for all course DBs.
- Textbook references should come from the chapter(s) specified in the assignment prompt and be clearly connected to your post and the assignment topic.
- Be sure and include the chapter and page number from the textbook in your posts, for example (chapter 2, 59), just as you would do for any research paper/post!
DBs: You can earn a total of 15 points per discussion board: 10 points maximum for your original thread posting and 5 points maximum for your response to 2 or more other student’s postings:
- Original posts should be at least 500-600 words total and have a least 1 textbook reference from each specified chapter. You will have 2 references per original DB post.
- Each of the two peer responses should be at least 150 words each in length and have a least 1 textbook reference from the specified chapter. You will have a textbook reference in each of your peer response posts.
Chapter 11: Watch Dr. Gottman describe The Four Horseman (9:59)
Making Relationships Work | Part 2 | Dr. John Gottman (Links to an external site.)
Answer the following questions:
- What information stood out for you from the video?
- What advice would you give to romantic partners so they can be â€œmastersâ€ and not â€œdisasters?â€
- What can couples do to prevent meeting the Four Horsemen?
- Gottman stated that repair work is the â€œsine qua nonâ€ of relationships, and that the quality of the friendship, intimacy, emotional connection and creation of shared meaning and purpose are important for couples to be â€œmasters.â€ Do you agree with these statements? Why or why not?
- Be sure to include terms from the chapter to help support your claims.
Chapter 12: Defensiveness implies protecting ourselves from a perceived threat. The universal tendency is to try to â€œsave faceâ€ by defending our presenting self when we perceive that it has been attacked by what social scientists call face-threatening acts. Frequently, this creates a climate that leads to a negative defensive spiral.
For this DB, you will do the following:
- Identify two different times when you perceived that you were under attack and responded by using one of the Gibb defensive categories. Briefly describe each situation and your response.
- Identify the Gibb category you used.
- Describe how you might have otherwise responded in order to create a more positive and supportive climate.
- Analyze your defensive behavior. In general, do you consider yourself a â€œdefensiveâ€ person? Why or why not? Are there certain topics that tend to trigger your defensiveness? Are there certain people with whom you are more defensive than normal?
- Be sure to include terms from the chapter to help support your claims