Length of lesson: 15 minutes.
Title of Lesson: Why do people change their government?
Overview: This lesson is obtained from the Organization Forms section of the book The Reforming organization: making sense of organizational change.
In this lesson, you will be able to learn the different features of authority in government. You will be required to examine a circumstance where there is no efficient use of power and influence and later identify the challenges which might be caused by a deficit in the authority. The study will also help you in determining why changes in authority are helpful to citizens as well as their effects on the population. After finishing this lesson, you are supposed to explain how power in government institutions can be applied when dealing with specific challenges and how they can be changed.
Anticipated Student conceptions or challenges to understanding: Focus on the regulations that you follow daily. From this point, think about the different individuals in powerful positions who affect the daily running of organizations and governments. It might appear to you that the world is full of restrictions and numerous regulations. It is also possible to have a perception that the world is full of too many individuals that have been given many influential positions in the government.
But have you ever asked yourself why these people need to be changed now and then? Why do countries have to go through election periods after a given period? Have you also asked yourself what would take place if the world would be made of individuals who always cause trouble without being regulated? Have you ever wondered what would happen if there were no people in authority and some people began causing problems in the society? Who would be responsible for the settlement of disputes or the protection of human rights? Who would be responsible for the daily running of governmental institutions?
Anticipated student conceptions or challenges to understanding:
Students are likely to hijack the lesson thus ensuring that it does not head in the direction that the teacher wants it to go.
Some learners might do the wrong thing, or might not clearly understand what to do.
Strong learners might dominate the lessons.
Some learners might not be adequately prepared for the lesson.
Learners might be overly dependent on the internet for information.
Materials/ Evidence /Sources
The lesson will use an excerpt from Roughing It by Mark Twain, which is a story that was based on the Old West.
According to Twain, there are times when individuals usually take law on their own hands.
As one goes through this source, it is good to think about the nature of challenges that might come up since some difficulties might arise during the process of changing these systems of governance.
Democracy for realists: Why elections do not produce a responsive government by Christopher H. Achen and Larry Bartels.
The Reforming organization: making sense of organizational change by Nils Brunsson.
How do you perceive the situation?
Imagine waking up in the morning and finding that there is no leader or authority where you live?
What types of challenges do you think would arise?
Do you think that you could have any privileges and rights?
Critical thinking practice
Achen, C. H., & Bartels, L. M. (2017). Democracy for realists: Why elections do not produce responsive government (Vol. 4). Princeton University Press.
Brunsson, N., & Olsen, J. P. (2018). The Reforming organization: making sense of organizational change. Routledge.
Twain, M. (2003). Roughing it. Courier Corporation.