Additional Exercise - What is Equality?
Our society tolerates many inequalities. Our economic system is built on a notion of greater reward for greater effort, at least in theory. In practice, the skilled manipulator of financial markets will be far better rewarded than the hard-working labourer.
It may be argued following Rawls, that the financial dealer has more potential to benefit the disadvantaged in society. However, it is equally true that he or she is just as likely to cause harm to the many working people who suffer in economic depressions through no fault of their own. Free enterprise markets reward the behaviour that pleases them in the short-term, but these are not necessarily the behaviours that are of the greatest social utility. For example, tobacco production is a profitable activity for those involved in it.
Activity 5 was to get you thinking about equality and what it generally means. Now that you have discussed issues regarding equality, you will need to narrow it down to issues you read about in Module 5. Each group has to Prepare 10 questions regarding Equality.
· Each group will need to come up with 10 questions about equality. This is based on the topics listed below, which are the same as what you covered in assignment B.
· Use your previous collage assignments to spark ideas about what questions you want to ask concerning equality. Each group has to submit your questions in class on a neatly printed list.
Topic for Group 1 (Police interview): Alcohol and Drugs
Topic for Group 2 (Court house interview): Alcohol and drug abuse, a community problem
Topic for Group 3 (Lawyer interview): Deaths in Custody