Explorations in Leadership
Read Mandela Part 4
Mandela, Nelson. (1995) Long Walk to Freedom. New York: Little Brown and Company Paperback. ISBN: 0-31654818-9. (Make sure that you have the full version, not an abridged version, otherwise you’ll not be able to complete assignments).
Response to Materials
Do not delete the questions – simply indent your answers to retain the numbering system.
Use a formal writing style and proofread for correct use of language.
Write a short paragraph for each question, addressing each of the points mentioned.
The aim is generally threefold:
(1) to demonstrate your familiarity with the course materials. Provide as much information you consider necessary to achieve this end. Cite the page number in the text where you found the information using this format: “(Mandela, 2012, p. 5)” and for films, cite the director and date e.g., “(Attenborough, 1982)” or in the case of my own instructor videos, “(Woodward, 2007)”.
For the book, check what date your edition is on the front inside cover, it might be the original from 1995, or a later publication. If you have an audio book, it likely states the publication date somewhere.
(2) to think critically about issues and comment on them
(3) to self-reflect on your own development of leadership to date and potential for the future. This is considered in a much broader sense than leadership within any official position and includes day-to-day lifestyle.
1. A. Why did Mandela give up studying for the LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand?
B. What route did he follow in order to be able to practice law?
C. Comment on influences that impacted your own decision regarding the major you selected for your degree program and the profession path you envisage for yourself after degree completion.
2. A. What happened to Sophiatown?
B. Explain why this occurred and what it meant for the people living there.
C. Consider the implications on individual, family and community security that might arise from losing one’s home.
3. A. What was it about Mandela’s visit to his mother that made him question his path?
B. Comment about the dilemma we have in balancing family and other responsibilities.
4. A. In one legal case, the magistrate halted the proceedings and asked for what document belonging to Mandela?
B. Why was this action considered an insult in this situation?
C. Comment about an experience in which you or someone you know of was insulted because of race, gender or other social issue.
5. A. What usually became of village people who went to the city of Johannesburg?
B. Explain your understanding of why the priest, Umfondisi, needed to go to the city.
C. Comment on the impact of migrant labor (rural village adults taking jobs in the cities) on family and social structures inherent in the village community.
6. A. In the political meeting, the priest’s brother, John, says everything belonging to the white man is built on what?
B. What does he call upon the people to do in response to the increased bus fares for the workers?
C. Mention any similar action in the USA of which you’re aware and comment with your own views on the value of this type of social action.
7. A. When Mr. Jarvis senior visited the Claremont Boys’ Club, what did the teacher say about Arthur Jarvis and what he had given them?
B. You were asked in a previous assignment to suggest a project that you might initiate. Describe either a different possible project you might start someday or more detail on the one you already mentioned and how you might make a difference in that social situation.
8. A. How did James Jarvis’s thinking appear to change over the course of the events in this film?
B. Describe the changed relationship between the two fathers and their ultimate connection beneath the shared tragedy.