Becoming a social change agent: making socially aware choices | ANTH 3001 – Indigenous Peoples in the Modern World | Walden University


The tag on your shirt may indicate that it came from another country. The name of that country will probably conjure an image of it on the map and maybe only a vague recollection, from a film or magazine, of the people who live there. However, the processes involved in making your shirt—political, environmental, and social—likely impact diverse communities and, as you have learned, those communities have multifaceted cultures. Now the name of a country on a shirt is much more than just a name.

The mission of Walden University is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so they can effect positive social change. Reflect on your experience in this course and think about ways you impact indigenous groups. How can one promote positive social change?

In this Discussion, you weigh the ethical implications of the choices that you make when you buy your clothes, foods, or other products.


  • Review the Learning Resources for this week.
  • Select a food, clothing or technology product that you currently have in your home. Determine from where said product originated.
  • Ascertain how the origins (including raw materials, byproducts, or social issues) of this product may have impacted an indigenous people or a specific community.
  • Reflect on how this knowledge, combined with what you have learned in this course, affects your ability to make socially aware choices.

With these thoughts in mind: 


Post one paragraph that briefly describes the origins of a food, clothing, or technology product you have in your home. In a second paragraph, assess the extent to which your consumer choices could impact global justice and environmental sustainability. What other steps would you consider taking to promote positive social change?

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.