Health Care and Life SciencesApplying Theoretical Frameworks to News Stories
Week 2 Discussion Forum
PURPOSE: Across the entire semester we will be applying the major theoretical frameworks in human development to various topics (e.g., moral development, parenting, peer influences, etc.). It is therefore, important that you are familiar with the frameworks and know how to apply them to real-world examples. The purpose of this week’s Discussion Forum is to apply the four theoretical frameworks to a current media story. After practicing together on the Weekly Discussion Forum you should then be able to apply the theoretical frameworks to other real-world examples on your own. And, you should be able to complete this week’s assignment.

1. Familiarize yourself with the news story about 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, the young man who killed 6 people and injured 13 more near UCSB on May 23, 2014. Specifically, I want you to read online not only about what he did, but also why he did it. There is a lot of speculation and debate about the source or cause of this young man’s horrific acts (behavior).
A couple of online sources you might check out include:
Don’t limit yourself though to these sources of information. Read widely about the tragic incident, getting as much insight as you can about why people think Elliot Rodger may have committed such horrific acts of violence.

As you read the various articles be sure to write down the various reasons people have proposed for Elliot Rodger’s behavior.
2. On BeachBoard under Discussions go to the Weekly Discussion Forum and find the topic Week 2 Discussion: Applying Theoretical Frameworks to News Stories. Click on this topic and then compose an entry where you discuss one of the proposed reasons for or causes of Elliot Rodger’s behavior. After you present a potential cause Elliot Rodger’s behavior, note which theoretical framework it falls under (Biological Maturation, Environment Learning, Constructivist, or Cultural Context) and why.
If a classmate has already posted an entry describing the reason or cause you were interested in, then you have two options. One, you can add to your classmate’s posting by responding, adding new material and critical analysis. Post your additional information directly under your
classmate’s entry. Use the Reply button to do this. Second option is to choose an entirely different cause or reason and create a new entry.
Remember, the point here is to practice using the theoretical frameworks and thus, much of your entry should be about the theoretical frameworks.
DUE DATE: Entries and responses must be posted no later than Thursday June 5, 2014, 11:59 PM (PST).
GRADING CRITERIA: This assignment is worth 10 points. Posting an entry where you describe a reason for Elliot Rodger’s behavior AND describe which theoretical framework it falls under is worth 10 points.
FEEDBACK: The Instructor will comment on each student’s entry in the Weekly Discussion Forum.