COMM 3319: Instructions:

COMM 3319: 
Instructions: 
Agency One of the most important concepts in coming to grips with managing conflict in communication is the idea of agency, whereby a person becomes accountable to themselves, perhaps for the first time. Read David Brooks’ article The Agency Moment and tell me about how you might understand the concept as it pertains to your own life. For example, have you experienced agency, and if not, when or how would you recognize it? Pay attention to the last paragraph in Brooks’ article. Let it inform you when you write. George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Anne Evans, the Victorian writer whose book Middlemarch is considered by some to be the finest English novel ever written. She lived for 20 years with George Henry Lewes, a married editor. 

(WHEN YOU USE A PERSONAL EXAMPLE PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM A YOUNG 24 YEAR OLD HISPANIC FEMALE SO PLEASE MAKE IT RELATE TO A WOMEN.?

From Wikipeida: In sociology and philosophy, agency is the capacity of an agent (a person or other entity, human or any living being in general, or soul-consciousness in religion) to act in the world. The capacity to act does not at first imply a specific moral dimension to the ability to make the choice to act, and moral agency is therefore a distinct concept. In sociology, an agent is an individual engaging with the social structure. Notably, though, the primacy of social structure vs. individual capacity with regard to persons’ actions is debated within sociology] Agency may either be classified as unconscious, involuntary behavior, or purposeful, goal directed activity (intentional action). An agent typically has some sort of immediate awareness of their physical activity and the goals that the activity is aimed at realizing. In ‘goal directed action’ an agent implements a kind of direct control or guidance over their own behavior.

[1] PAPER POLICY – these apply to all written assignments: • Your name, course number, Professor’s name, and date should be on each paper in the upper LEFT hand corner. • The paper must be typed in MS Word. • The font is whatever you like, preferably 12 point. • The margins are no more than one inch. • The paper will be double-spaced, and no less than 500 words, or two pages of text. • Always cite your sources of information, even if you did not quote it in the text. • Use the Modern Language Association (MLA) format. • Papers with errors in spelling, grammar, and sentence structure will earn no higher than a “C” and may drop to a “D”. College level writing skills are required. Use Spell Check! • Late papers will NOT be accepted. • Title pages or works-cited pages do not count towards the page length. • All assignments must be turned in online and on time. * Failure to follow the above guidelines will result in point deduction. **This class is a writing intensive course.

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