The African American community is a particularly unique social category because of the history of slavery and official subjugation over the years. Working with the community for advocacy and social change is a particular interest bearing in mind the impetus for change the community has expressed after the Obama Presidency, which made a great deal of effort to address the community’s critical concerns. In the contemporary scene, the community has diverse role models and institutional systems that promise robust progress and a future of greater integration and societal acceptability particularly in the aftermath of the George Floyd fiasco with the criminal justice system, which has been accused of excessive use of force and ethnic profiling over the years. Poverty causes many problems like criminality, reckless drug use, and many socially retrogressive conditions. Through advocacy and social change, human service professionals can work with communities to alleviate the problems of poverty gradually to initiate progress.Continue reading
The death penalty has been supported by the argument that it is a far better means of deterring criminal actions. However, the evidence does not attest to the practical value of the death penalty as opposed to alternative mechanisms like life imprisonment. In the United States, recently, the rates of crimes in states that use the death penalty and those that have it, historically shown no differences. Contrarily, the death penalty has been cited as an incitement to grievous criminal harm. The death penalty is challenged by the argument that espouses society’s duty to protect life and that individuals have a right to live.Continue reading
In preparation for the hurricane season, Barney, who owns beachfront property in Florida, enters into a contract with XYZ Contractors to have a wall built to prevent waves from reaching his house. The contract requires that the wall be finished by June 1, which is the start of the hurricane season. The contract has a clause that states “time is of the essence.” During the last week of May, the wall is still 30% incomplete. Even if XYZ Contractors worked around the clock, it would miss the June 1 deadline—a fact that XYZ acknowledges. Barney terminates the contract and hires another contractor to finish the wall.Continue reading
You are a branding company that wants to sign a one year contract with a production and printing company. The branding company would like the production company to print bags, stickers, boxes, wrapping papers, t-shirts, cups, books, posters and other objects for the branding company as well as the clients under the branding company. Write a formal letter making this request. Make sure to put sizes for the bags and stickers (small, medium, large, square or circle stickers etc. or include sizes in cm, inches or meter for one of the objects).Continue reading
Tolkien Transport is currently based in Leeds but has plans to expand its operations by setting up another depot in the south of England. The management team has identified four possible locations for the depot and these are listed in the decision matrix below. As a first step they have decided to use a multi-criteria analysis (MCA) to rank the options. After much discussion, the team have decided on three key criteria (Cost, Accessibility and Environmental Impact) against which to judge the options and have agreed on the ratings shown in the matrix, below (running from 4 for the best to 1 for worst under each criterion). The criteria have been weighted as follows: Cost (0.45), Accessibility (0.35) and Environmental Impact (0.2).Continue reading
Choose a current social issue for sociological analysis, for example, the future of the US democracy, health care, immigration, or BLM etc.
Find a few good sociological researches on the issue and read them carefully. Write up what you learned. You may include your own view informed by the research.
Compare and contrast the two versions of the story of Rama and Sita: The Ramayana and Sita Sings the Blues. Don’t focus on superficial differences (number of scenes, editing of the scenes, etc.) but look at the key issues of men’s and women’s roles in relation to each other and in terms of society.Continue reading
This essay is based on your reading of Goat Days by Benyamin. And the article on the migration of workers from Kerala to the countries of the Persian Gulf.
How does the academic treatment of labor migration compare to its fictional treatment in the novel? Does the novel reveal aspects of the experience that academic research does not? And conversely does academic research reveal aspects of the phenomenon that fiction does not? Which is more important for understanding the phenomenon of labor migration: the macro level analysis of the social sciences or micro account of subjective experience that novels portray?
What type of store would you consider starting? (coffee shop? pet shop? gift shop?) Describe it in about three sentences, detailing your type of inventory (products/services).
What things do you consider when setting a price for your products/services? Name at least TWO things to consider. (Your answers must parallel what you are studying/reading in the chapter.)
Are the US and China heading towards another Cold War? Or not? Will these two nations remain interdependent, or not? What is your informed opinion? how can we best stabilize the world? With a single hegemonic (dominant) superpower? With multilateral institutions (EU, UN, WTO, etc.)? Or with a “balance of power” between superpowers like we had in the Cold War — between the US and Soviet Union (1947-1991)?