Sunday, June 8, 2014

FEUDALISM VERSUS THE CASTE SYSTEM; COMPARISON AND CONTRAST ESSAY


Some form of social stratification has always existed in human societies and efforts to produce a classless society have proved to be a pipe dream. In the modern day, the divisions between classes are determined through education, family background and profession, and social mobility enables people to better their situation. Yet this has not always been the case: in Feudal Europe for instance, the social classes were pretty much fixed and in India, they were set in stone so to speak. The Feudal system has long since disappeared but the caste system lingers on. These two rigid forms of social stratification have a lot in common despite their differences. Do your research and write an essay in which you compare and contrast the two systems.
Familiarize yourself with the topic
Power point presentations
·         “Feudalism in the Middle Ages” http://prezi.com/hsjtoyl2o_fx/feudalism-in-the-middle-ages/ 
·           “The Caste System” http://prezi.com/6wdxpmeumrlp/the-caste-system/
Reading material to annotate
·         “The History of the Caste System in India” https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~epandit/page2.html
·         “The Caste System” http://www.ushistory.org/civ/8b.asp
·         “Feudalism” http://www.lordsandladies.org/feudalism.htm
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Videos to watch

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