Create groups with at least one person from each presentation groups from the last lesson:
Using the Law reading on social responsibility, prosocial behaviour and altruism answer the following questions:
- What factors influence whether a person acts or does not act to help when they see someone in need?
- Are there cultures that are more helpful than other cultures?
- What are some of the motivations to help?
- What is the difference between altruism and prosocial behaviour?
- Individually think of a situation in which you helped others, and analyse the reason/motivation for why you did it?Are there other reasons why someone might exhibit the same behaviour?
Lastly, we will watch the PBS video on children being naturally altruistic.
Discussion: What are the strengths and limitations of the study?
In your groups:
Brainstorm 2 experiment you could do to answer a question about altruism.
- Create a research question. What will you try to prove/disprove?
- Create one experiment with informed consent
- Create one experiment without informed consent
- Have step by step descriptions of your experiments
- Explain what kind of observations you would record. (quantitative vs qualitative)
- What kind of conclusion could you draw from your study? How would you know it is reliable?