Reflection Paper 1: Life course
This reflection focuses on the life course perspective (Elder reading and PPT/lecture). Take the birth year of one of your parents, get a sense of what historic events and processes were taking place in and around the year they were born, and reflect on how that event or events may have helped shape their life course development. “The mere step of locating parents in history through their birth year can generate historical insights that would not be achieved otherwise” (Elder, pg. 6). The article has a number of examples to help you think about this idea.