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History of Vernacular Spanish

Discuss the origins of the vernacular language Spanish and describe how the language spread. As a whole, in what ways has Latin influenced Western language development?

Individual Factors that Affect Public Health

Every individual affects the community in some way. What individual factors (personal characteristics, genetics, developmental stage of life, lifestyle) affect community/public health? What can advocates, policymakers and others do to promote habits that will improve community health.

An America Without Religion

Imagine the U.S. as a nation that did not practice any types of religion. Explain how this might affect society.

Colonialism and Inequality

I need some help in generating ideas on this question: How have disadvantaged people contested colonialism and its effects?

Defense Attorney's Work

A defense attorney notices his client's last name is "Reddog" He is surprised at the spelling. How might stereotypes play into the attorneys assumptions about the client and shape the interaction during the appointment. How can stereotypes often be misleading?

Family Dysfunction: Sex and Gender

Define and give examples of how sex, gender, and culture play a part in defining family roles. To the extent that you are open to sharing the information, what part did gender roles play in your family when you were young? Was your family a traditional gender role family?

Pluralism v. Assimilation

Do you regard pluralism or assimilation as a more desirable condition from the standpoint of a minority group? Please qualify your response.

Cultural Diversity: Attitudes & Prejudices

In order to appreciate cultural diversity we must understand our own attitudes and prejudices. Why is this issue important and how have you dealt with situations in which you later learned or realized that you might have inadvertently offended someone by something did or said?

Biracial Identity in Today's America

From the second e-Activity article, there is a growing trend of people in the U.S. identifying themselves as biracial. Discuss the sociological implications of this trend. •Explain why race and ethnicity should be defining terms about an individual. E-Activity reference:

Cultural Viewpoints

I need notes to compile a 2-3 pg paper evaluating reasons why people may not appreciate the cultural point of view of others. And steps that an expanding company can take and policies that can be put in place to help ensure the company's expansion is successful. I also need at least 5 references, with at least 3 sociological r

Social Stratification

E-Activity: DQ From the first e-Activity, discuss the possible future consequences to individuals and society as a whole if Generation Y / Millennials cannot live better than previous generations. •As a

Reflection on Diversity

Choose one of the following topics to discuss. Reflect upon your chosen topic in a one- to two-page essay. Based on the topic you choose, describe what the experience was like, how it made you feel and think, and what you learned from it. . 1.Explore a time when you felt like "other"—when you were made to feel invisible, excl

Plessy v. Ferguson - Invisibility of Race

Homer Plessy of the separate but equal case was seven-eighths White and could have "passed" for White, based on his appearance. What role does the invisibility of someone's race or ethnicity play in their treatment, experiences, and identity?

Why is the family considered the most important agent of socialization?

What are some differences in family since the 1950's to the present? An explanation of why this occurred. Compare and contrast the differences in marriage and family with relation to race, socioeconomic class, gender, and marital status. And in pre-WW11, how would the changes in traditional families affect women's rights?

Institutionalism sociological perspective and media

Hello, I am brainstorming ideas for a sociology essay prompt and want to focus on the impact the media has on social movements. I want to incorporate the institutionalsim sociological perspective in to my argument, however, I am struggling with identifying an American social movement that exemplifies how much of an impact the

Happiness in Different Cultures

What do you see as "the American dream," and how is it associated to happiness and freedom? What are some places in the world where the definition of happiness and/or freedom might be different? Using the film introduction for this unit as a guide, Nepal: A Girl's Life, do some research and discuss how happiness is understood

Historical impact of John Lennon

This solution discusses how one person has impacted the history of modern man. I am choosing John Lennon, because I believe his message was one of peace and unity for mankind.

alignment of perceptions with the influence of society

The Statement is: I have heard that the stronger the influence of society about certain issues, the more likely our perceptions will be in alignment with the viewpoints of society as a whole. I agree with this statement above to a certain point. I believe that there is a great deal of debate on certain issues such as polit

Personal Constructs and Social Perspectives

Could someone explain the concept of personal constructs? What is a personal construct? How are personal constructs related to social perspectives? What is the relationship between personal constructs and behavior?

Social Issues in Popular Culture Through Music Lyrics

PURPOSE: The purpose of this is to use content analysis to critically analyze how one social issue/problem is discussed and represented in popular culture through music lyrics. BACKGROUND: There are many agents of popular culture though which the messages, themes and symbols of popular culture are produced and consumed. Medi

Macro Social Systems

Macro-systems theories seek to make sense of the behavior of large groups of people and the workings of entire societies. To begin we will look at the three most prominent macro-system theories in sociology: functionalism, conflict theory, and interationism. These theories vary in their usefulness for analyzing any particula

Religious Bigotry and Thomas Merton's message

Analyze the concept and consequences of religious bigotry, integrating Thomas Merton's ideas (espcially in relation to his "saying yes" ideology) into your discussion. ATTACHED are the lecture notes and Merton's quote -- all in the same word doc. minimum 500 words


1. Define the term enculturation and identify different types of media and how they influence enculturation. Please explain 2. Identify different gender stereotypes in media advertising. Please explain and provide examples.

Rituals Related to Private and Public Events

Think about rituals that you have experienced in your own private life or in various public events. What purpose(s) do you think these rituals were intended to serve? Why did the persons involved choose to engage in those specific ritual actions? What ritual events does your culture connect with death? What are the purpose(s) of