Discusion Question: Definitions And Principles Of Power
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. categorize power relations as positive sum, zero sum, and negative sum;
2. recognize the "three faces of power";
3. identify the close relationship between power and freedom;
4. compare influence as a quasi-form of power to other forms of power;
5. recognize power as an instrument versus as an end; and
6. assess the influence of historical and mythical precedents to power.
Positive-, Zero-, and Negative-Sum Power Relations
Give examples from the last month or so where you participated in a positive-sum, a zero-sum, and a negative-sum power relation. Describe what motivated you to participate in a negative-sum or a zero-sum relation? Are there factors other than "power" that we should be considering?
Resources & Readings
Textbook: 1. Boulding, K. E. (1989). The nature of power. In K. E. Boulding, Three faces of power (pp. 15-34). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
The response should include a reference list. Double-space, using Times New Roman 12 pnt font, one-inch margins, and APA style of writing and citations.