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Decline of Rural America

After viewing the video for this discussion, of the overlapping issues: New Atlantis. (2007). Great cities: Rise of the megalopolis [Video]. Retrieved from the Films on Demand database. "Decline of Rural America," this video discusses the formation of cities, associated changes in rural areas, and alternatives leading to hi

Elements of Work and Change

1. Identify important or significant changes in families since 1960. 2. What factors are responsible for this change? 3. On the balance, are families becoming weaker or simply different? 4. What evidence can you cite? 5. If you agree with the experts, what proposals do you have to strengthen the family? 6. If you disagree,w

The Internet's effects

1. How do you think life in the United States will change in the next ten years? 2. How might the Internet be involved in the changes? 3.How do you think sociologists might use the internet to study life in the United States? Name three specific ways? 200 Words.

Reinventing Healthcare

Please help me with the following: a. According to experts on all sides, does the government have the right to enforce, legislate, or regulate behaviors such as obesity, health, and nutritious eating? b. Are these expert opinions biased in any way? Provide examples. c. Now that we have heard from the experts, do you p

Affirmative Action vs. Reverse Discrimination.

The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation by public institutions and those that receive federal funds. Federal law also requires universities to take "affirmative action" to eliminate or correct the effects of

Prisons and the War on Drugs

Drug abuse has been defined as a significant social problem. This discussion provides an opportunity to examine this problem as well as the consequences of our reliance on punishment as a solution to drug abuse: University of Notre Dame. (1999). War on Drugs Dramatically Increases Prison Population [Video]. In Life Behind Bar

Hate Crimes and Ignorance

The events of September 11, 2011, contributed to an increase in hate crimes against Muslims around the world and especially in the United States. In the first year after the September 11 attacks, anti-Islamic hate crimes in the United States rose more than 1,000%. a. How has post-9/11 anti-Muslim and anti-Arab backlash and di

Title IX: Gender in Sports and Social Perception

One of the better-known impacts of Title IX relates to gender equity in athletics. While only 1 in 27 girls participated in high school sports before the passage of Title IX the number has increased to almost 1 in 2 girls in high school athletic programs since. 1). What differences do you think there are between the way girl

Obesity: The Social Problem

A recent study showed that people who have had weight-loss surgeries say they tried an average of 24 diets and exercise programs over the years before they had surgery. Does this surprise you?

Gender in Advertising

While the media may try to communicate a message of non-bias when it comes to gender in advertising, there is still a significant amount of information that communicates the exact opposite. 1. What are the different sociological approaches when it comes to gender and research, 2. What are some examples in advertising and t

A Response to Gender Equality: Title IX

a. In your informed opinion, was Title IX a logical policy response to the problem of gender inequality? b. Did Title IX accomplish the intended goals for all women? c. Did Title IX impact your life in any way? d. What differences do you think there are between the way girls and young women view sports today compared

Education and Racial Equality

1). How do we remedy the historic mistreatment of deserving black Americans without punishing deserving white Americans today? Our efforts to address the problems of racial inequality have been centered in on one of our most important social institutions - education. 2). While the schools of this country are a local place

Obesity and Sociological Approaches

How would a conflict theorist explain the problem of obesity? How would a functionalist explain the problem of obesity? How would a symbolic interactionist explain the problem of obesity?

The Social Pattern of Obesity

1. Is the obesity part of a social pattern? 2. Does obesity violate the core value of a society? 3. Does obesity negatively impact those in power? 4. Do those in power consider the social pattern problematic? 5. Is obesity socially created? 6. Can society do something to change it?

Homelessness as a Social Problem

a. In what ways might homelessness be categorized as a social problem? Please explain, supporting your post. b. In your opinion, is utilizing public funds to assist the homeless appropriate? How do you define what is appropriate use of public funds, and how does the use of public funds fit inside or outside of appropriate

The U.S. Poverty Issue

Select two of the initiatives undertaken in the "War on Poverty" and describe their effectiveness. Offer solutions to the U.S. poverty issue. The two that I have chosen are: 1.) Evaluation of the Head Start program found that graduates as young adults performed better in school, were more interested in going to college,

Social Welfare Programs

Money is a large influence in our social welfare system. Which needs should be supplied by the collective action of society and which left to individual effort? What can society afford? According to your personal ideas and beliefs, what direction do you think social welfare programs are headed in for the future? Why

Examining the Issue of Obesity

a. Define how obesity could be categorized as a social problem. - What are examples of individual and societal factors leading to obesity? - What are the individual and social consequences of doing nothing to address this problem? b.Theoretical perspectives - How would a conflict theorist explain the problem of ob

Exploring the Reliability of Genetic Testing

- Are genetic tests reliable and interpretable by the medical community? - How reliable and useful is fetal genetic testing? - How will genetic tests be evaluated and regulated for accuracy, reliability, and utility?

Determining Access to Genetic Information

- Who should have access to personal genetic information, and how will it be used? - How does personal genetic information affect an individual and society's perceptions of that individual? - Does genetic information affect members of minority communities differently? How?

Exploring the Legal System: Juvenile vs. Adult Justice

Compare and contrast the purposes and outcomes of a juvenile trial vs. an adult criminal trial. Explain the ways in which justice is sought in both, and provide your personal opinion of whether or not the juvenile trial and disposition system are the best way to handle juvenile offenders from both a social and criminal justice p

Legal Age of an Adult - Abortion/Death Penalty

- At what age should the law regard an individual as an adult with regard to access to abortion? - At what age should the law regard an individual as an adult with regard to the death penalty?

The Success of Juvenile Probation or Parole

Analyze both the arguments for and against juvenile probation. When should parole or probation be available to a juvenile offender and when should it not? What new policies could be adopted to help ensure that juvenile probation or parole are successful

Precedent, Stare Decisis and Statutory Law

Which of the three, in your opinion, is the most significant aspect of criminal law: precedent, stare decisis, and statutory law. What are the differences and similarities of the three and why?

Criminal Justice System

Discuss the efficacy and moral implications of the purposes of the criminal justice system. How can society do better at both deterring criminals and preventing crime?

Different Aspects of Organized Crime

Choose a modern-day organized crime syndicate which operates in the United States. Seek out organized crime other than the "traditional Italian Mafia." Identify the origin of the organized crime syndicate and the areas of criminal activity in which it engages. Also, consider what laws regulate organized crime. How do they impact

Social Problems in Education

Explain how the change in social values in American society in the last 50 years or so has changed the face of education in the United States. Include a description of the social issues that schools face and offer an explanation of how you might modify some of these issues.