Describe each video and the social institutions it addresses

Films on Demand: Sociology Collection: Social Institutions

Review the list of Films on Demand: Sociology Collection: Social Institutions to select and watch one video from each of the following categories listed: family, education, and religion.

Select one of the following options to deliver your assignment:

Option 1

Write a 700- to 1,050-word essay.

Format your assignment according to appropriate course level APA guidelines.

Include the following in your paper or presentation:

  • Prepare an introduction that identifies the major social institutions in society and why they are important.
  • Describe each video and the social institutions it addresses.
  • Identify any relevant models of power structure or political behavior that might be influential.
  • Explain the functionalist, conflict, and interactionist perspectives on the family, religion, and education. Which perspective does each film use to discuss the institution? Explain specific examples from the videos.
  • Provide a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas of the essay and describes how these institutions have influenced you.

 

Family

Family & Social Changes. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=58548>. (FIRST 15 MINUTES)

Why More Americans Are Living Alone. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2012. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=53410>.

Why Are Fewer Americans Getting Married?  Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=53399>.

 

Religion

TEDTalks: Alain De Botton. Atheism 2.0. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2012. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=52934>.

 

Heaven: How Five Religions See It. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=48848>.

 

Nine Years After 9/11: Has Religious Tolerance Changed in America? Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2010. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=53385>.

 

Symbol: Should We Still Fear the Swastika? Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2010. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=44870>.

 

Education

The Education of Michelle Rhee. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2013. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=58681>.

 

Unbreakable: One Girl Changing the World: The Story of Malala. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2013. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=56121>.

 

TEDTalks: Daphne Koller. What We’re Learning from Online Education. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2012. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=53018>.

 

Lessons from the Real World: Social Issues and Student Involvement. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2014. <http://digital.films.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?aid=7967&xtid=43914>.

Benefits Offered or Covered Services

Assume you are a Maryland resident and Medicaid recipient looking to enroll in a managed care plan, review the Maryland Managed Care Website at:https://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/healthchoice/SitePages/Home.aspx.

 

Assess and evaluate HealthChoice, Maryland’s statewide mandatory managed care program. You will be evaluating HealthChoice overall, not one of the 8 participating plans. Your evaluation should be based on the following criteria. Answer the questions that appear in bold type:

 

 

Benefits Offered or Covered Services

 

You want a plan that offers a comprehensive benefits package including preventive care as well as treatment programs for chronic disease management. Also, you may need emergency care and/or care away from home. Evaluate the HealthChoice plan and summarize your findings.

 

Cost vs. Benefits

 

Managed care plans vary widely in the cost of services offered. It may be tempting to base your selection primarily on the periodic, out-of-pocket costs to you. You can’t be sure that the least expensive plan will give you all the medical services you need. Review cost vs. benefits for the HealthChoice plan carefully and summarize your findings.

 

Services of the Primary Care Physician

 

Choosing your primary care physician (PCP) may be the most important decision you make when enrolling in a managed care plan.  The following questions are important when choosing your plan: Please use the answers to each question to provide a critical analysis of the program. DO NOT SIMPLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.

 

  •        Can you choose more than one PCP for your family?
  •        Is there a large choice of primary care doctors and specialists?
  •        How long is the average wait to get an appointment with the chosen PCP?
  •        Can you see the same doctor consistently?
  •        When and how can you change doctors if you are dissatisfied?

 

How does HealthChoice measure up?

 

Prescription Drug Benefits

 

When evaluating a health plan it is very important to know what kind of prescription drug benefits the plan offers. Depending upon the plan, there are several systems that have been implemented in efforts to control costs. Some plans offer a “generic only” plan.  Use the following questions to guide your analysis in an academic response. DO NOT SIMPLY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.

 

What prescription drug benefits does HealthChoice offer?  Are they beneficial to your current drug regimen? (if you don’t take any prescription drugs, ask your instructor for a “list”). Would this be a good program for someone with chronic illnesses, multiple family members, pediatrics, geriatrics?

 

Provider Network and Geographic Service Area

 

Be sure you inquire from the Provider Membership Directory which providers are included in the network and where they are located in your community. If you live in one community and work in another; determine if routine care can be received in either location.  Does HealthChoice have a strong network of Providers in a geographic area that is amenable to you?  Must you go to different locations for different services?  If you have a child away at school, does the network extend to that area?  These are just a few questions you may ask when deciding whether the HealthChoice Provider Network is suitable to you. Compile the provider flexibility of these questions into a comprehensive paragraph or two response. Why are these important – use scholarly literature to identify why patient’s need access to a primary care physician.

 

Commitment to Quality of Care and Service

 

What measures of quality care and satisfaction of service are available?  It is worthwhile to find out if the plan has been accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA is the most common accrediting body for network plans.  Review and analyze what measures of quality care and satisfaction are available for HealthChoice. Are these standards in the industry? Is anything missing?

 

Customer Satisfaction

 

How do enrolled members feel about the plan? There are various objective forms of measurement used to determine “quality services” given by managed care plans such as accreditation, HMO report cards and/or publications produced by the industry. You would be wise to look at any that measure customer satisfaction.The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) mission is to provide information that enables purchasers and consumers of managed health care to compare plans based on quality. Their web site may be reached at http://www.ncqa.org/

 

Limitations, Maximums, or Exclusions

 

Lifetime Cap refers to the maximum dollar amount of benefits available to a consumer in a managed care plan during his or her lifetime. This amount becomes important when confronted with a life-threatening disease or accident that requires prolonged care involving expensive therapeutic intervention and support.  Does HealthChoice outline limitations, maximums, or exclusions? Analyze the limitations that might negatively impact an individual or family and the reasons behind these boundaries. How might these change with new laws and future health care changes?

Children And Stress Forum

Review the material athttp://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Teenage_Suicide.htm  Choose two of the points made on this website to research further, using academic published sources.  Tell us which two you chose and why, and tell us what additional information you learned.

400 Level Forum Grading Rubric

 

Possible points Student points
Met initial post deadline (Wednesday)  10  
Initial post is substantive  10  
Initial post is at least 400 words  10  
Initial post employs at least two citations; one can be text; other must be from an academic source  10

Evaluating Academic Research Reports

Locate a peer-reviewed article about human services research, related to a topic that interests you, in the University Library.

Complete the checklist in Ch.1 (p. 10) of Practical Research Planning and Design.

 

CHECKLIST Reflective Questions to Consider When Evaluating Research

1. In what journal or other source did you find the research article?

Was it reviewed by experts in the field before it was published? That is, was the article in a juried (refereed) publication?

2. Does the article have a stated research question or problem? That is, can you determine the focus of the author’s work?

3. Does the article describe the collection of new data, or does it describe and synthesize previous studies in which data were collected?

4. Is the article logically organized and easy to follow? What could have been done to improve its organization and readability?

5. Does the article contain a section that describes and integrates previous studies on this topic? In what ways is this previous work relevant to the research problem?

6. If the author explained procedures that were followed in the study, are these procedures clear enough that you could repeat the work and get similar results? What additional information might be helpful or essential for you to replicate the study?

7. If data were collected, can you describe how they were collected and how they were analyzed? Do you agree with what was done? If you had been the researcher, what additional things might you have done?

8. Do you agree with the interpretation of the results? Why or why not?

9. Finally, reflect over the entire article. What is, for you, most important? What do you find most interesting? What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of this article? Will you remember this article in the future? Why or why not?

ISBN: 0-558-65200-X Practical Research: Planning and Design, Ninth Edition, by Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod. Published by

Scientific Method And Qualitative And Quantitative Research

Research in the University Library to locate a journal article that describes academic research studies related to human services management.

Also locate a research peer-reviewed article that uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

 

Write a 1000- to 1,050-word paper describing the scientific method and the steps in scientific inquiry. Address each of the following in your paper:

  • Define the scientific method. How does it relate to human services research?
  • What are the steps in the scientific method of inquiry or research process? Why must each of these steps be included to support the scientific method? Briefly discuss how the scientific research method was applied in the article you found.
  • Summarize how scientifically sound research (in other words, applying the scientific method) supports the function of a human services manager.
  • Define appropriate academic research.
  • Define quantitative research and qualitative research. Explain how they differ, and relate each to the human services field and the scientific method.
  • Describe how to decide whether to use a quantitative or a qualitative research methodology. Provide examples of what sort of study is appropriate for each methodology, and explain why.
  • Define mixed method research, and describe its strengths. Provide an example of when it is appropriate to apply mixed method research in the human services field.
  • Identify an ethical issue in research that was addressed in the article.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

What is sociology and the sociological perspective?

ESSAY QUESTION & FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS:

ONLY SOCIOLOGY MAJORS AND LEGIT PEOPLE NO LIERS OR PLAGARISIM

in total for the five essays its 15 pages of work

Welcome to this online course.  Online courses are conducted differently by each Professor, just as regular classroom/lecture courses are.  In this course, you will have to respond to FIVE ESSAY QUESTIONS (see below for the five questions).  No exams will be given.

 

Use your textbook, included related websites (FYIs) with each ESSAY QUESTION, and any related powerpoint presentations that may be posted on the course homepage to respond to all ESSAY QUESTIONS.  Responses should be thorough, include definitions, examples, and demonstrate clear understanding of conceptual objectives listed on the Syllabus.  Each response should be 3 typewritten pages in length and double spaced.

SEE DUE DATES SECTION FOR ALL DUE DATES ON THE COURSE HOMEPAGE..

 

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS… It would be best if you prepare your ESSAY QUESTION responses via an MS Word document (or compatible), then copy and paste your responses directly into an email to me.  Also, please make sure before submitting your responses that you make a copy of each response for your records until the course is over and you receive your final grade.  Finally, DO NOT submit any work as an attachment – you must copy and paste all work.  Any late work will result in a significantly reduced grade or not be accepted, at my discretion. Thanks.

 

Thanks for your participation and I hope you have a good learning experience.

 

ESSAY QUESTIONS (SEE DUE DATES SECTION ON COURSE HOMEPAGE FOR EACH QUESTION DUE DATE):

 

 

 

I.  Please read chapters 1 AND chapters on Race and Social Stratification, as well as related fyi websites attached to the discussion question, and related PowerPoint Presentations on the Course Homepage (What is Sociology, Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology, and Major Sociology Theorists) to address the following question.  Be sure to use as many terms for your textbook and posted review sheets on the course homepage.

 

 

 

(*give concrete examples and be sure to let me know you have read the material.  in addition to your textbook, use any other website information i may post with each discussion question.    i realize you do not have the benefit of my lectures for this online course, so it is up to you to ‘convince’ me you know the material.  We depend a lot on you for this type of course.  that is evident in the quality and quantity of your writing.  So, a bit of what is required from you is to summarize the readings.  Too little not good and too much not necessarily needed.  Some of what we do will require you give back information that you read and some of what we do allows you to give your opinions (that is called critical analysis, when you give opinion based on fact).  Also, remember all types of students who have diverse personal experiences take this course.  So, you never know who is reading your response and may be affected by what you have to say.  But, most importantly try to enjoy learning something you may not have known before!  dr. b. :))

 

 

 

What is sociology and the sociological perspective?  What do you see are some of the most important uses of sociology?  What is meant by the nature vs. nurture debate in the social sciences?  Describe and compare and contrast functional theory, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.  Who are the major contributors (theorists) to each theory?  Which theory is a macro level theory and which is a micro level theory?  What is a demographic variable?  Using race and social class as two major demographic variables, define each and explain the consequences of developing notions of race and social class.  Cite an example of how each theory can be used to understand some human behavior, issue, or social problem of your choice.

 

RELATED FYI WEBSITES:

 

SOCIOLOGY, SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION, SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

 

http://www.faculty.rsu.edu/~felwell/Theorists/Mills/

 

http://www.trinity.edu/mkearl/theory.html

 

Nature vs. Nurture

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/genome/debate.html

 

PBS Race: the Power of an Illusion

 

http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm

 

Social Darwinism

 

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/darwin/nameof/index.html

 

Eugenics

 

http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/1796

 

ALSO:

 

SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS ON COURSE HOMEPAGE –

 

WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?

 

THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIOLOGY

 

MAJOR SOCIOLOGICAL THEORISTS

 

II. Please read chapter on research methods in sociology, as well as related posted FYI websites, and related  PowerPoint Presentation on Course Homepage to address the following question.  Be sure to use terms from your textbook and posted review sheets on the course homepage, as well as information gleamed from the posted FYI websites and powerpoint presentation.

 

Describe in detail each of the seven steps in the sociological research process: (describe what is involved in each step and give examples from major sociological studies cited in the related FYI websites).

 

1.     define the variables (dependent and independent variables; cause vs. correlation)

 

2.     write a hypothesis

 

3.     conduct literature review

 

4.     select a research design (observation, experiment, survey, case study, content analysis)

 

5.     collect the data (do the research)

 

6.     analyze the data

 

7.     draw conclusions (generalizations and inferences)

 

RELATED FYI’S:

 

Ethics in Research

 

http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/ethics.php

 

Famous Sociological Studies:

 

Stanford Prison Experiment

http://www.prisonexp.org/

 

Black Like Me

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/authors/john-howard-griffin-black-like-me/

 

Tally’s Corner

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/26/AR2011022603483.html

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/focus/pdfs/foc251e.pdf

 

Tearoom Trade Study

http://web.missouri.edu/~bondesonw/Laud.html

 

AND SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON COURSE HOMEPAGE:

RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY

 

III.             please read chapter on Culture, related posted fyi websites, and PowerPoint Presentation on Course Homepage on Culture to address the following question.  Discuss in detail the concepts of culture and cultural relativism.  What are the elements of culture?  Cultural types?  Is there an American culture?  A global culture? What evidence do we have regarding a global culture? Define each and support your answers with examples.

 

FYI’S:

 

Globalization of culture:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120522-one-world-order

 

Skinheads: Subculture or Counterculture?

http://www.adl.org/racist_skinheads/

 

AND SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON CULTURE ON COURSE HOMEPAGE

 

hi all, as you all know, a big part of our culture is fast food. Bundle.com lists and describes the top 10 cities with fast food restaurants.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/25/fast-food-cities-most-least-recession_n_903896.html#s315072&title=Cities_That_Spend

also, if you haven’t seen it already, i recommend Super Size Me, a study/documentary by Morgan Spurlock

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9__23-zjhM

 

IV.            please read chapter on Socialization, related posted FYI websites, and PowerPoint Presentation on Course Homepage to address the following:  Discuss the concept of socialization.   What do you understand socialization to be?  What is resocialization?  Compare and contrast two of the five major socialization theories proposed by Freud, Mead, Erikson, Piaget and/or Kohlberg.

FYI’S:

Freud

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/freud.html

Mead

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/projects/centcat/centcats/fac/facch12_01.html

http://www.bolenderinitiatives.com/sociology/george-herbert-mead-1863-1931

http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/mead3.htm

Erickson

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/erikson.html

Piaget

http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/piaget.html

Kohlberg

https://www.csudh.edu/dearhabermas/kohlberg01bk.htm

Genie – the wild child:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_jzHEq2ye0

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4804490&page=1

http://www.mymultiplesclerosis.co.uk/misc/wild-child.html

10 cases of wild (feral) children:

http://listverse.com/2008/03/07/10-modern-cases-of-feral-children/

AND SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON COURSE HOMEPAGE:

SOCIALIZATION

 

V. Please read chapter on social structure, social interaction, communities, organizations, socieities, and related posted fyi’s, and related PowerPoint Presentation on Course Homepage to address the following: What is meant by the term “social structure”?  Describe the social structure of individuals, groups, and societies.  What types of groups are there?  Why are groups so important to people?  Some people would do anything in the context of a group or to belong to a group, including submit to mortification exercises.  What are they?  What has been the most important group thus far in your life?

(for individual social structure be sure to describe statuses, roles, and role conflicts; groups – hierarchy, norms, division of labor; and societies – describe preindustrial, industrial, and post-industrial societies.  Also, what did Durkheim and Tonneis say about simple and complex societies?)

Hazing http://www.stophazing.org/

Also: SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON COURSE HOMEPAGE:

SOCIAL INTERACTION AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE

OR:

DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL

Please read chapter on deviance and crime, as well as related fyi’s and powerpoint presentation on course homepage to address the following: How can we define deviance?  What are the functions of deviance?  Give examples.  Why do some people continue to behave deviantly considering the impact of socialization and the use of social controls in our society to prevent deviant behavior.  What is a social control?  What types of social controls are there?  Give examples.

FYI’S:

Outline of Biological and Psychological Theories of Deviance http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/200/biotheor.html

Sociological Theories of Deviance

http://www.valdosta.edu/~klowney/devtheories.htm

Prison Population Statistics:

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/

Also: SEE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON COURSE HOMEPAGE:

DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL

DUE DATES

9/1 WELCOME

9/19 QUESTION 1 DUE

10/17 QUESTION 2 DUE

11/14 QUESTION 3 DUE

12/5 QUESTION 4 DUE

 

12/19 QUESTION 5 DUE

Qualities of the Hero: Comparing Gilgamesh and Odysseus

Assignment 2: Project Paper – Comparative Essay

Due Week 8 and worth 200 points

This “Assignment 2” writing assignment is a comparative essay focused on topics encountered in our HUM 111 class. The project will be based on research but will reflect your views and interpretation of the topic. This project is designed to help you stretch your mind and your abilities as an organized, innovative, and critical thinker. If approached properly, it should also be fun!

Choose one (1) of the topics from the list of topic choices below. Read the topic carefully. Write a three to four (3-4) page paper (750-1,000 words) that follows instructions and covers each part of the topic. (The title page and References list do not get included in this word count).

Note: Your instructor may require you to submit your topic choice for approval before the end of Week 5.

For the topic you choose:

  1. Establish a clear thesis about your topic as part of the introductory paragraph (often the thesis is the last thing one determines after doing the basic research and outline; however it will be placed in the first paragraph of your paper).
  2. This is a comparative essay. Comparison approached properly will require some critical thinking on your part. Use a point-by-point approach for the essay. That means, if comparing subject A with subject B, don’t do the first half of the essay on subject A and then the second half on subject B–that will seem like two (2) separate essays and comparisons will tend to get lost. Instead, you should be mentioning both subjects in most of your paragraphs as you compare them throughout the essay. Comparisons will identify similarities as well as contrasts.
  3. Do not try to do everything on your two (2) subjects. You should end up narrowing your focus to a few insights and issues about the subjects being compared. And, from those fairly specific points of comparison, you will develop a thesis and glean some lessons.
  4. Follow closely the instructions below for your specific topic.
  5. Include a concluding paragraph at the end. This paragraph will, in some way, refer back to the thesis established in your first paragraph, since now you have demonstrated and supported it. It may be here that you also include your observations relating your study to the modern workplace or society (see your topic). Try to finish with flair!
  6. Use at least three (3) good quality academic sources, with one (1) source being the class text. Note: Wikipedia and other similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources. You are highly encouraged to use the Resource Center tab at the top of your Blackboard page.

 

Topic Choices – Choose just one (1) of the topics below:

  • Qualities of the Hero: Comparing Gilgamesh and Odysseus. Write an essay comparing these two (2) heroic figures from ancient epics of different cultures, especially focusing your analysis on the sources about their encounters with monsters: Gilgamesh encounters the monster guarding the forest, Humbaba, in Tablets 3-5 of the Epic of Gilgamesh (see http://www.ancienttexts.org/library/mesopotamian/gilgamesh/; scroll down to the Tablet links; think of “Tablet” numbers like chapter numbers).” Odysseus encounters Polyphemus the Cyclops in Book 9 of The Odyssey (see http://www.theoi.com/Text/HomerOdyssey9.html; from line 105 to the end). Your paper should:

a) Compare Gilgamesh and Odysseus as to their heroic qualities, noting similarities and differences, using specific examples from the epics.

b) Summarize what this indicates about differences between ancient Mesopotamian and Greek cultures in their ideals and expectations.

c) From this comparison, suggest ways that current cultural ideals and expectations shape modern notions about role models and heroes.

 

  • Confucius and Aristotle on Virtue. Write an essay comparing these two (2) ancient thinkers on the concept of virtue or good ethical character and conduct. Stay focused on the issue; keep any biographical or other information short or limited. As much as possible, analyze their writings (in translation, of course), using Confucius’ Analects (at http://classics.mit.edu/Confucius/analects.html ) and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (at http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.html ). Your paper should:

a) Compare the teachings of Confucius and Aristotle on what constitutes virtue or good ethical character and conduct, noting similarities and differences in specific ideas or emphasis.

b) Consider what your findings suggest about differences between ancient Chinese and ancient Greek culture.

c) From this comparison, suggest ideas of virtue that can apply to ethics in a modern setting, such as a diverse workplace.

 

  • Comparing Sculptures of Ancient India and Greece. Write an essay comparing the way gods and humans were depicted in sculpture in ancient India and Greece, and identify the cultural values and ideals that these art works reflect in each case. Your paper should:

a) Using specific examples, compare the way gods and people were depicted in the sculptures of ancient India and Greece, noting similarities and differences.

b) Identify the cultural values and ideals that these art works reflect for each society.

c) From this comparison, suggest a modern situation of artistic expression and the ways it reflects or counters prevailing cultural values.

 

  • Comparing Ancient Skeptics. Write an essay comparing Lucretius and Wang Chong (=Wang Ch’ung), skeptical philosophers of ancient Rome and China. They were skeptical about popular religious and spiritual beliefs and widely-held superstitions. Lucretius was an Epicurean philosopher of Roman culture (Chapter 6). Wang Ch’ung was a thinker in ancient Chinese culture (Chapter 7). Focus your comparison on their writings as found at http://www.humanistictexts.org/lucretius.htm and http://www.humanistictexts.org/wangchung.htm#On Not Flying to Heaven. Your paper should:

a) Using examples from their writings, compare these two (2) thinkers on their views about specific subjects and on their approach in explaining and expressing their skepticism.

b) From this comparison, identify popular beliefs in each culture that seem similar and those that seem different.

c) From this comparison, suggest any modern situation in which materialist skeptics confront spiritual and religious beliefs, and comment on the considerations of free expression and cultural respect.

 

  • Comparing Ancient Male Rulers. Take any two (2) of these rulers and write an essay comparing them: Ramses II, Shihuangdi, Constantine, Ashoka, Pericles, or Charlemagne. Select rulers from different cultures. You may also propose (for approval or not) a ruler not listed. Avoid lengthy quoting or lengthy close paraphrasing from biographical sources. Make it YOUR comparative analysis. Your paper should:

a) Compare the two (2) rulers in terms of their situation and methods of rule and their apparent ideals and practices, noting similarities and differences. Use specific examples.

b) Consider what your study suggests about the cultures over which they ruled, identifying any similarities and differences between the cultures.

c) From this comparison, suggest lessons about different types of effective leadership in the world of modern business and / or modern politics.

 

  • Comparing Ancient Female Rulers. Compare the Tang Empress Wu Zetian (also known as Empress Wu or as Wu Zhao; ruled China around 690-705 AD) with either the Pharaoh Cleopatra (ruled Egypt around 51-31 BC) or the Pharaoh Hatshepsut (ruled Egypt around 1478-1458 BC). You may also propose (for approval or not) a female ruler not listed. Avoid lengthy quoting or lengthy close paraphrasing from biographical sources. Make it YOUR comparative analysis. Your paper should:

a) Compare the two (2) rulers in terms of their situation and ascent to power, their methods of rule, and their achievements and resourcefulness, noting similarities and differences. Use specific examples.

b) Consider what your study suggests about the cultures over which they ruled, identifying any similarities and differences between the cultures.

c) From this comparison, suggest lessons about different types of effective leadership by a female in the world of modern business and / or modern politics.

 

  • Other topic choice using a comparative approach (proposed by student or instructor) and approved by the professor and supported by the grading rubric.

The Project Paper will be graded on:

  1. The level to which the instructions were followed for the paper generally and for the specific topic.
  2. The establishment of a clear thesis about your topic.
  3. The adequacy and relevance of information, examples, and details which support the general thesis.
  4. Covering each part of the topic as instructed, including the comparisons, the consideration of ancient cultural differences, and the reflection on lessons for modern society or the modern workplace.
  5. The quality of your research and your persuasiveness using critical reasoning.
  6. The use and acknowledgement of a minimum of three (3) required references (the class textbook plus at least two (2) other quality academic sources) documented using the APA style –including both the use of a proper References list and the use of proper in-text citations.
  7. Adherence to standard rules of grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, and mechanics, and general clarity of presentation.

 

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Both in-text citations and a References list are required. Citations and references must follow APA style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions specific to the selected topic. (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the course shell for guidance).
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length. For our purposes, you may omit any abstract page.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain how key social, cultural, and artistic contributions contribute to historical changes.
  • Explain the importance of situating a society’s cultural and artistic expressions within a historical context.
  • Examine the influences of intellectual, religious, political, and socio-economic forces on social, cultural, and artistic expressions.
  • Identify major historical developments in world cultures during the eras of antiquity to the Renaissance.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
  • Write clearly and concisely about world cultures using proper writing mechanics.

How you can use assessment to document children’s work

Final Project
To complete the following final project, go to this week’s Final Project link in the left navigation.

Assessment Portfolio

Focus of the Final Project:
As you have learned throughout this course, assessments are used for many purposes. As professionals working with children, we must look at assessment as a driving force behind planning instruction, maximizing growth and development, and developing goals for children in our care. We must begin to understand the relationship between how children are assessed and how assessment data is used. This is a multistep process of gathering data, determining goals for instruction, and then implementing those goals into our work with children. For this Final Project, you will develop a partial portfolio for the child you observed, and, with that information, you will develop instructional goals for that child. This assignment has three parts:

Step 1 (5 points): The first part of this assignment requires you to develop a cohesive statement of purpose, which will serve as the introduction to this assignment. Using information gained from all five weeks of this course you will provide an overview of assessment and state how it applies specifically to your future work with children.

Your statement of purpose must include the following:

  • The purpose of assessment.
  • How you will utilize assessment when working with children. Make sure to include how this plan for utilizing assessment aligns with your future work.
  • How you can use assessment to document children’s work.
  • How will you use children’s interests and ideas when assessing.
  • How you will use assessment to differentiate instruction and intervention for children who may have a special need. Refer back to your Week Three Assignment to assist with this.

Step 2 (5 points): The second part of this assignment requires you to create an assessment portfolio for the child you have been working with. It is imperative to maintain the confidentiality of the child you are working with, so make sure to only include the child’s first name. For this assessment portfolio:

  • Describe the child that you are creating this portfolio for. Include, in paragraph form, the information you provided to your instructor in the week 1 learning activity (remember not to include any identifying information about the child (e.g. last name).
  • Observe the child you have been working with using the screening document “Developmental Checklists Birth to Five” from The Early Childhood Direction Center. Make sure to use the appropriate age range for the child.
  • After completing the Developmental Checklists Birth to Five, create a diagnostic activity for the developmental area where the child scored the lowest. Make sure to include a statement explaining the purpose of the assessment.
  • You will also need the information you compiled on this child from the Week Two Observation Assignment. (Be sure to make any changes recommended by your instructor.) This includes both observation forms: Running Record or Anecdotal Record and Time Sampling or Event Sampling forms.

Step 3 (15 points): The final part of this assignment requires you to create developmentally appropriate instructional goals for this child (based on the age of the child you are working with and all of the data you have gathered).

  • 5 points: Create at least three objectives (goals) for each developmental domain: cognitive, physical, social and emotional, and language for a total 12 objectives. If you need assistance with how to create effective learning objectives, please view the Objectives section of the ECE/CD Lesson Planning Handbook that is available with your Constellation materials for the course or review section 7.1 of the course text.
    • Along with each objective, provide a corresponding classroom activity that will be used to help this child reach this objective.
  • 5 points:You will also create a recommendation plan, which you will share with the child’s family, for helping this child to continue with his or her growth and development at home.
    • Summarize how you will communicate with families about the assessments and the information gained from them. Your summary should include how you will connect with the family as well as the type of information you will share with the family. Refer back to your Week One Discussion Two, Week Three Discussion One, Week 4 Discussion One and Week 5 Discussion 2 for ideas to use in your summary.
    • Identify three activities that the families of this child can work on at home. Include instructions for completing each of the activities.
  • 5 points:Discuss the next steps (intervention plans, referral for further evaluation, etc.) that you would take after connecting with the child’s family about their strengths and areas of need. Make sure to explain how these next steps align with the instructional objectives you created.
    • This part of the assignment should be at least a page in length.

Written Expectations

  • Content Development (.5 points): Use appropriate and pertinent content to address ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.
  • Context and Purpose for Writing (.5 points): Demonstrates application of organization and presentation of content. The writing is should be clear and easy to understand.
  • Assignment Length (.5 points): Your written paper must be at least ten pages (not including title and reference pages); Along with your paper, you must include both observation forms and your title and reference page as one document. Make sure to include a table of contents so that each component of the assignment is easy to locate.
  • Title Page:Inclusion of a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of presentation
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Source Requirement (.5 Points): Reference three scholarly sources in addition to the text. All sources included in the reference list must be cited in the portfolio.
  • APA Formatting (.5 Points): Use APA formatting consistently throughout the assignment, which includes citations in the body of the assignment, the title page, and references list as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Syntax and Mechanics (.5 Points): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.

SOC 300 MID TERM Part 1 & 2 (100% ANSWER)

1. Why are some development organizations made up of multiple member-nations?

because development projects are always a massive undertaking

because some of the problems facing the world are too large in scope to be handled by a single country

because it takes a lot of countries to oppose the United States

because the United Nations was the world’s first development organization and it’s made up of nearly 200 member-nations

2. Which of the following statements about purchasing power parity (PPP) is true?

Purchasing power parity is an attempt to compare exchange rates on a country’s black market with official, government-backed exchange rates.

To adjust for purchasing power parity, prices in a country are compared against Spanish pesos.

If we say that someone “lives on less than a dollar a day,” what we mean is that the person lives on an amount of his local currency whose total value is less than a U.S. dollar.

Purchasing power parity means that a steak in Russia will be the exact same price as a steak in Thailand.

3. Generally speaking, which of the following BEST describes the objective of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)?

to maximize corporate profits

to advance various social causes (education, clean water, political reform, etc.)

to enforce the policies of the government the NGO is hired by

to combat governments in the developed world on behalf of developing countries

4. The World Bank considers a country “developing” if which of the following is true?

The country has little or no industrial diversification.

The country has a low rate of literacy.

The country has a high rate of inflation.

The country has a low- or middle-income economy.

5. Which of the following statements BEST expresses the beliefs of social-conflict theory?

There is a smaller risk of social conflict in North America than in other areas of the world.

The history of the world is the history of the powerful dominating the weak.

The Soviet Union is the world’s model for successful development.

The best way for countries to develop is to follow the model of wealthy developed countries

6.  To opponents of lending to poor countries, which of the following is a typical result of providing loans?

The countries taking out the loans are likely to become “addicted” to credit.

The countries taking out the loans are likely to become financially empowered.

The countries taking out the loans are likely to embezzle all of the money.

The countries taking out the loans are likely to improve their economy, but very slowly

7. Which of the following describes “dependency theory”?

the notion that developed nations are obligated to provide for poor nations

the notion that poor nations should become dependent on one another

the notion that developing nations are kept poor because of their reliance on wealthier nations

the notion that international financial institutions are dependent on their member states for legitimacy

8. Countries in need of economic reform are often advised to devalue their currencies. This measure, however, is usually strongly opposed. Why?

Devaluation often leads to dependence on other countries.

Devaluation often makes imports much cheaper.

Devaluation often leads to a cycle of inflation.

Devaluation often increases labor costs.

9. Countries that take on IMF loans typically use the money to do which of the following?

develop new weapons systems

increase their foreign influence

invest in high-risk, high-reward stocks

make up for budget shortages

10. Which of the following actions is likely to fall under the responsibility of the World Bank, as opposed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)?

helping the Cambodian treasury to avoid default

publishing an analysis of the labor market in the Philippines

financing a dam in Argentina

advising the Liberian government on tax reform

11. Which of the following is the strongest safeguard against civil war?

the presence of multiple strong militias

steady economic growth

strong executive leadership in the government

the dominance of a particular ethnic group

12. Which of the following factors is LEAST likely to increase chances of civil war in a developing country?

a low national income

slow growth, stagnation, or decline in the country’s economy

an economy centered on exporting valuable natural resources

large income inequality among the country’s citizens

13.  Which of the following BEST predicts that a country will have a civil war?

The country is repressive.

The country has a large amount of ethnic diversity.

The country has had a civil war within the past ten years.

The culture of the country is based in violence and war is not seen as undesirable

14. During a civil war, which of the following groups typically suffer the most casualties?

peacekeepers

civilians

rebels

government soldiers

15. Why does the presence of valuable natural resources in a developing country often wind up hindering the development of the country’s economy?

Natural resources from poor nations are worth less on the international market.

Complicated tax policies often make the resources too expensive to be worth developing.

The country’s natural resources are targeted by just a few powerful people in the country, who keep the majority of their profits for themselves.

Countries with valuable resources are often forced by multinational corporations to sign predatory deals, leaving the countries with only a pittance.

16. When a country’s government is controlled by a small group of people who also control most of the country’s businesses, the ruling class is likely to do which of the following?

create laws that benefit everyone in the country equally

reduce the size and power of the government

use the power of government to reduce concentrations of wealth

utilize payoffs and contributions in exchange for political favors and vice versa

17. How can developed countries assist developing countries in reforming weak institutions? Choose the BEST answer.

by paying for the campaigns of pro-Western politicians in developing countries

by helping developing countries adopt good government policies

by suing extractive governments at the International Criminal Court

by financing rebel groups that claim to share the philosophy of wealthy countries

18.  Which of the following are the actions of an extractive state?

awarding government contracts to the winners of transparent auctions

steering lucrative government contracts to political loyalists

forcing members of Congress to disclose their business ties

ensuring police force compliance with anti-bribe laws

19.  Which of the following statements BEST describes the relationship between weak institutions and a country’s distribution of wealth?

In countries with weak institutions, the economy is freer, so anyone is able to get rich whether lower or upper class.

In countries with weak institutions, the majority of wealth usually winds up in the hands of a few elites.

In countries with weak institutions, most of the wealth is extracted out by wealthy nations such as Japan and France.

In countries with weak institutions, there is almost always total anarchy, so nobody has any chance to amass wealth

20. Which of the following is a sign that a country has weak institutions? Choose the BEST answer.

It has frequent political protests.

Rents in its cities are very high.

Its inflation rate is strongly controlled.

Its economy is controlled by the politically connected.

 

Part 2

1. Why there is so little formal work in Peña Blanca?

It is a resort town that exists mostly to provide seasonal service to tourists.

The town’s political problems have spilled over to its economy.

Town residents prefer to freelance.

It is a poor, rural town whose economy and infrastructure are not strong enough to support regular jobs.

2. What was the goal of the Bretton Woods conference in 1944?

to finance agricultural projects in Latin America

to draft a defense pact against the Soviet Union

to craft a new environmental treaty

to prevent a future economic collapse through international cooperation

3.  Approximately what percentage of the world is impoverished?

50 percent

15 percent

25 percent

75 percent

4. When numbers are adjusted for purchasing power parity it means that which of the following is true?

What you can buy for $10 in the U.S. is equivalent to what citizens of another country can buy for $10 U.S. in their country.

Every country in the world uses U.S. dollars in their economies.

A Big Mac in two different countries will cost exactly the same.

15 units of local currency (such as kwachas) are equal to 15 U.S. dollars.

5. What does the term Global South refer to?

sub-Saharan Africa

the geographic area of the world where most developing countries are located

the poorest areas of the developing world

the Southern Hemisphere

6. According to Moustafa Bassiouny, the economist interviewed in the clip, what effect do subsidies have on the Egyptian government’s finances?

They have had a negligible effect on the country’s finances.

They have helped raise the government’s revenue.

They are a major cause of the country’s deficit.

They have forced the resignation of the Minister of Finance.

7. What does it mean if a country has a “fixed” exchange rate?

the value of the country’s currency is tied to the value of another currency

the value of the country’s currency is “fixed” to an arbitrary value that is adjusted every year

the value of the country’s currency is “fixed” by the IMF

the value of the country’s currency is tied to the New York Stock exchange

8. How much of the Egyptian budget goes toward subsidies?

one half

one third

one quarter

three quarters

9. What measure have developing countries been taking to make up for the money they lost due to the recession?

creating new and improved trade partnerships

boycotting the United Nations

waging war with their neighbors in order to gain new assets

borrowing even more money

10. Which of the following was a consequence of poor countries’ “monetization” of their deficits?

national budgets were balanced

inflation decreased rapidly

citizens’ purchasing power decreased

the divide between government revenue and expenditures narrowed

11. Which of the following BEST explains why uneducated and poor young men may be attracted to rebel groups?

They are seeking some sort of leadership figure.

They see no value in ordinary methods of climbing out of poverty.

They are seeking to avenge injustices done to their communities.

They are captivated by the chance for power that a rebel group offers.

12. Civil war impacts a nation’s economy. On average, a seven-year war will have what effect on a country’s income per person?

It will be one-third of the level it would have been in peacetime.

It will be half of what it would have been in peacetime.

It will be 15 percent lower than it would have been in peacetime.

It will be higher than it would have been in peacetime.

13. How does modern civil war differ from war in the early 20th century?

In modern civil wars rebel movements almost never have leaders, but in early 20th-century wars rebel movements were highly organized.

In modern civil wars around 90 percent of casualties are usually civilians, but in early 20th-century wars less than ten percent were civilians.

In modern civil wars most fighters use knives, but in early 20th-century wars firearms were much more common.

In modern civil wars rebels enjoy large popular support, but in early 20th-century wars rebels had almost no popular support.

14. Which of the following statements about the relationship between countries’ incomes and their prospects for sustained peace is TRUE?

The prospect for sustained peace after civil war is the same for high-income and low-income countries.

High-income countries are more likely to relapse into civil war than countries with low incomes.

Low-income countries are more likely to relapse into civil war than countries with high incomes.

There is no relationship between a country’s income and its likelihood of relapsing into civil war.

15. According to the video, why have Radio Mogadishu journalists been living at the broadcasting company’s headquarters?

The Al-Shabaab militia has repeatedly threatened to kill them.

They are fleeing famine.

They cannot afford to live elsewhere.

They want to be in the heart of the city as new political events unfold.

16. Which of the following is true about Sierra Leone?

(under “People and Society”) It has one of the world’s lowest maternal mortality rates.

(under “Introduction”) Around a third of its population was displaced during the civil war that ended in 2002.

(under “People and Society”) Less than 10 percent of its population lives in urban areas.

(under “Economy”) Automobile manufacturing is one of its primary industries.

17. When a nation is ruled by one large party, there is a tendency to see which of the following outcomes?

an alliance between the incumbents and election officials to ensure incumbents are reelected

mutually beneficial compromises to keep real challenges from emerging

a complete inability to develop widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo

regulation and legislation intended to reward opposition and punish supporters

18. Extractive institutions tend to arise in which kinds of nations?

nations that have political power concentrated in the hands of a small group

nations that have political instability

nations that have laissez-faire economic policies

nations that are poor

19. Which of the following is true about North Korea?

(under “Economy”) Its GDP per capita (PPP) puts it among the richest third of all countries.

(under “Government”) It is a democracy.

(under “People and Society”) Its life expectancy is higher than the life expectancy in South Korea (~80 years).

(under “Economy”) One of its most important industries is military products.

20. Historically speaking, when a country has been unable or unwilling to reform its extractive institutions, how have its citizens reacted, according to Acemoglu?

by peacefully protesting

by rebelling

by leaving the country

by appealing to religious authorities

 

 

 

Develop a brochure (one page front and back with graphics and descriptions) that will “sell” your group to the public.

Develop a brochure (one page front and back with graphics and descriptions) that will “sell” your group to the public.

  1.     Complete this assignment in MS Word.
  2.     The brochure should be universal as it should be available in various locations around your community (e.g., schools, doctor’s offices, human services offices, restaurants, agencies serving the population of the group, etc.).

Develop a set of screening questions and criteria that you, as the group leader, will use to choose the members of the group.

  1.     Begin with demographics questions (name, age, address, presenting issue, etc).
  2.     There should be a minimum of 10 screening questions not including the demographics questions.
  3.     Describe (500-750 words) the criteria that you as the leader will use to choose the members for the group.

Part 2 of the assignment is this