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SOC 203 Week 5 Final Paper

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Focus of the Final Paper 

Select a social problem to define, describe the scope and consequences of the problem, and assess society’s  responses to the problem (including public policies and other less formal responses). Papers should also present a clearly reasoned alternative that is supported by scholarly research. 

While the following example can be modified to suit your needs, using this outline as a guide will likely result in a high quality final paper: 

1. Title 

2. Abstract 

3. What is the social problem? 

4. Why does this problem qualify as a “social problem”? 

5. What are the individual and social implications of this problem? Discussion of implications should be supported by accurate research data.

6. What do the experts say about the problem? 

7. What have we, as a society, done about this problem? Again, consider public policies and other, less formal responses. 

8. How is this working? 

9. Describe an alternative. 

10. Discuss why the alternative is, or can be, an effective response to the problem. Remember to consider negative consequences of the alternative response. 

11. Conclude with reflections and thoughts about your chosen social problem. This is a good place to include personal opinions, assuming you wish to share them in a research paper. 

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SOC 203 Week 5 DQ 2 Causes and Impact of Global Warming

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For information on global warming, view the required video and website  for this discussion and answer the following questions: 

a. How does human activity impact greenhouse gases found in the atmosphere? 

b. What are some simple changes humans can do to help keep the Earth cooler in the future? 

c. What are you doing to help? 

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SOC 203 Week 5 DQ 1 Decline of Rural America

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After viewing the required video for this discussion, pick one of the following overlapping  issues highlighted in this week’s readings to discuss: 

a. How does the corporatization of farming affect all Americans, not just those living in rural areas? What can you do about this? 

b. What is brain drain and what are its long-reaching effects on rural communities? Be sure to include the terms stayers and achievers in your discussion. How could the community leaders make staying more attractive than leaving? 

c. Describe the positive and negative impacts of the growth of mega-cities. Will moving back to the country solve the social problems created by our move to the urban areas? 

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SOC 203 Week 4 Quiz

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1.         ALL BUT ONE of the following are listed as Internet resources that may contribute to relationship and family well-being in society:

online classes for single parents.

caregiver resources and education programs.

empty-nest blogs.

web retreats for cohabiting couples.

 2.        Cardiovascular disease presents different symptoms in men than it does in women.



 3.        Which of the following is counted among the few positives of empty nest situations?

Increased time for chores.

More time for partners.

Delay of menopause.

More space at home.

 4.        What are becoming de-facto mental hospitals, as a result of the diminishing services provided to the mentally ill in society?


Nursing homes

homeless shelters

Church organizations

 5.        Which theory focuses on the socializing aspects of family based on personality-based exchanges?

Symbolic Interactionist

Feminist Perspective



  6.       Which of the following populations is NOT automatically covered by Medicaid?

Low-income single mothers


 The elderly

People with disabilities


7.         At what age do children stop receiving the option of being on their parents’ healthcare plan under President Obama’s new healthcare bill?





 8.        What is the approximate percentage of single-parent families?





 9.        According to the text, which of the following theories reflects the understanding of a marriage as a relationship that provides, among other things, sexual companionship?

Exploitation theory

Cosmopolitan theory

Protective theory

Cooperative theory

10.      ALL BUT ONE of the following presidents wanted to extend healthcare access:

Teddy Roosevelt

Bill Clinton

George H. W. Bush

Ronald Reagan 

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SOC 203 Week 4 DQ 2 Reinventing Healthcare

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While we do not want to replicate our Week One discussion of obesity,  this issue certainly overlaps with the growing healthcare challenge. Remember that the focus of the previous discussion was on our sociological imaginations. Keep your imaginations going, but we will shift gears a bit for this discussion with a focus on solutions. 

In addition to the required video and text, please complete a web search for additional information. All sources should be authoritative, so your search should focus on scholarly papers, government reports, and other expert sources. After reviewing all of these resources, please discuss the all of 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 personally believe the government has a right to enforce, legislate, or regulate behaviors such as obesity, health, and nutritious eating? Why or why not?

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SOC 203 Week 4 DQ 1 Gay Parenting

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After viewing the required video for this discussion, please address each of the following questions: 

a. What core social values are most challenged by legalized gay adoption? 

b. How have these “values” been defined and reinforced? 

c. Assuming these values are changing, at least for some individuals or societies, how have experts explained or described the change?

d. How has your personal view of “the family” changed over your lifetime? 

e. Supporters and opponents of gay adoption both claim to have children’s best interests at heart. Which do you think is in the best interest of children: banning or permitting their adoption by gay parents? Why?

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SOC 203 Week 3 The Interconnection of Social Problems

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Review the article, Race, poverty and punishment: The impact of criminal sanctions on racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequality, as you to prepare for this paper. As Wheelock and Uggen (2006) point out, “the association between crime, punishment, and poverty has long been the subject of sociological and criminological investigation” (p. 1). This assignment is intended illustrate the interconnection of social problems. 

Write a paper discussing the overlap of crime, punishment, and poverty. In your paper, please elaborate on the following points raised by the authors:

a. Criminal sanctions and victimization work to form a system of disadvantage that perpetuates stratification and poverty. 

b. Punishment impacts individuals convicted of felonies, as well as their families, peer groups, neighborhoods, and racial group. 

c. After controlling for population differences, African Americans are incarcerated approximately seven times as often as Whites. 

d. Variation in criminal punishment is linked to economic deprivation. 

e. As the number of felons and former felons rises, collateral sanctions play an ever-larger role in racial and ethnic stratification, operating as an interconnected system of disadvantage. 


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SOC 203 Week 3 Quiz

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1.         Which term indicates the likely return to crime of past criminals?






 2.        What type of crime does Megan’s Law address?

Gun violence


Child sexual abuse

Elder abuse


 3.        Which of the following is NOT a major factor in the entry into war?

Land disputes

Gender inequality

Ideological disagreements

Natural resources

 4.        Which of the following is NOT one of the components of the tripartite model of the connection between substance abuse and crime?

Emotional instability

Trafficking-related violence

 Economic motivation

 Value disintegration

 5.        Which sociological theory presumes that crimes occur in order to serve a purpose in society?

Race-centered perspective

Functionalist perspective

Feminist perspective

Conflict perspective

 6.        The drugs that have been made illegal by law are the most harmful to society.



 7.        Sociological data suggests that ______ in 5 women are victims of sexual assault during their college years.





 8.        Which drug contributes to the most deaths worldwide?




Pain killers

 9.        What is the most prevalent form of domestic violence?

Elder abuse

 Parent abuse

 Sibling abuse


 10.      Which sociological phenomenon describes the idea that women are more likely to receive shorted sentences from judges as a result of their gender?

Doing gender

The chivalry hypothesis

Gender profiling

Feminine stereotyping

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SOC 203 Week 3 DQ 2 Prisons and the War on Drug

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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. 

After viewing the required video for this discussion, please answer each of the following questions: 

a. Discuss the differences between a culture’s folkways, mores, and taboos. 

b. Why are some deemed infractions of normative expectations termed criminal and others social?

c. How does this definitional process lead us to incarcerate fellow citizens? 

d. What sociological factors contribute to the criminalization of individuals in society? Explain your answer. 

e. Does the seriousness of drug abuse justify our reliance on the social consequences of incarceration? 

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SOC 203 Week 3 DQ 1 Hate Crimes

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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%. 

After reading the required materials for this discussion, please address each of the following questions: 

a. How has post-9/11 anti-Muslim and anti-Arab backlash and discrimination affected local and global communities? Please provide examples. 

b. How are hate crimes related to fear and/or ignorance? 

c. Why do some individuals and groups believe that violence directed at Muslims, as a form of revenge, is acceptable more than a decade after 9/11?


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