Religion and Sociology

Religion and Sociology

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    Using the textbook and the South University Online Library, write a 1000-word (minimum) paper, using APA standards, that addresses the following questions:

    Families have changed greatly over the past 60 years, and they continue to become more diverse.

      1. Why is the family considered the most important agent of socialization?
      2. What caused the dramatic changes to the American family?       What are those changes?
      3. Describe the differences in marriage and family life that are linked to class, race, gender, and personal choice.
      4. Do you feel the trend towards diverse families is positive or negative?
      5. If the trend changed towards traditional (pre-World War II) families, how would that affect women’s rights?

    This assignment is worth 200 points, which can be accumulated according to the table below. Overall this project counts for 15% of your final grade. If you have any questions please let me know.

    Final Project Grading Criteria Maximum Points
    Introduction and a conclusion that reviews all main points you present.

    Explained why the family is considered the most important agent of socialization.



    Described the changes to the family and explained why they occurred. 40
    Described the differences in marriage and family with relation to race, class, gender, and choice.

    Integrated personal views on the main issue.

    Related essay writings to the concepts and theories discussed in the textbook and outside resources. 40
    Submitted on or before due date, using correct spelling and grammar and appropriate APA format. 20
    Total: 200

    When completing the assignment, please focus on the grading criteria. I want you to answer the questions above, but also take into consideration where you accumulate your point. We will be discussing family multiple times throughout this quarter and you should have a good understanding of what important roles the family plays in our lives. Please make sure that you base your answers not so much on personal accounts, but rather on the research you have found during class, in your book, and other sources through the library. I will be available to discuss any questions about this assignment throughout the quarter also, so please approach me if you have any concerns.

    Also if you would like to receive extra credit, you may give a presentation on your project to the class on the date the project is due. If you choose to do so, please let me know at least 1 week in advance so I can schedule class activities accordingly. Also your presentation should follow the same format as your current event presentation as having to be prepared, having visual aids, etc. This is not a mandatory part of the grade and is not required. This is only to give you extra credit, and this credit may be applied to any of your grades in the course (exams, project, presentation, etc)

  • Who or what is the numinous in each tradition



    The book: The Bhagavad Gita, Oxford World Classics, trans. W. J. Johnson (Oxford University Press, 2009).

    ISBN-13: 978-0199538126

    The Seven Basic Questions of Human Existence:

    The great religions of the world have been around so long and have gathered adherents in each new generation because they provide answers for most, if not all, of these questions. Though often stated in many different ways, these are the fundamental questions that most people wrestle with in trying to find meaning and purpose in life.

    1. Who or what is the numinous in each tradition? What qualities are inherent in the numinous and how is the numinous revealed to or understood by humans?
    2. What is a person’s relationship to the numinous? In what ways are we like or unlike the numinous, how do we interact with the numinous, and what influence does the numinous have on our lives?
    3. Where do evil and suffering come from? How does the religion in question deal with the problem of “Theodicy”; why evil and suffering exist and how people can deal with, escape, transcend, overcome, or endure them? Another way to state this question would be in the context of salvation, deliverance, or release.
    4. What is the purpose of life and creation? What are the meaning, value, and reason for human life and the existence of all creation? Is there some inherent value or given value for the existence of reality and of life?
    5. What is the origin of the cosmos? Where did people come from and why were they created, formed, or evolved? What is the purpose or value of the universe?
    6. What happens to people after this life? Do we cease to exist or is there an afterlife? Does that afterlife involve punishment or reward or cycles of reincarnation?
    7. How does the religion in question create a social order? What does it tell us about who we are and what we should be like? How are we to relate to others? What is of value in society and what is the value of life, both human and other? What are the definitions of right and wrong, of what is acceptable and what is socially unacceptable?
  • Significance of the theme of “sacrifice”


    Address the significance of the theme of “sacrifice” in any two texts assigned so far this quarter.

    The Emperor’s New Clothes (Hans Christian Anderson)

    The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Anderson)

    The Red Shoes (Hans Christian Anderson)

    The Little Match Girl (Hans Christian Anderson)

    The ugly Duckling (Hans Christian Anderson)

    Jeppe of the Hill (Ludvig Holberg)

    A Doll House ( Henrik Ibsen)

    The Father ( August Strindberg)

    write one page essay question.

    In a persuasive, well organized, analytic essay, answer the this question. Please be as specific as possible and be mindful of clarity

  • The Woman Question


    Address ” The Woman Question” as framed by at least two of the following texts: The little Mermaid(Hans Christian Anderson); The Red Shoes(Hans Christian Anderson); A Doll House(Ibsen) : The Father(strindberg)

    write one page essay question.

    In a persuasive, well organized, analytic essay, answer the this question. Please be as specific as possible and be mindful of clarity

  • Assignment on the human propensity to overexert – circadian rhythm disruption in pilots


    Human Factors in Aviation Research Paper:Employ a preponderance of the information to analyze, evaluate, and create a solution(s) to an existing aviation human factors and aviation safety issue.
    Topic: Human propensity to over-exert; Pilot circadian disruption.
    Be 8 to 10 pages in length (body only, not including other pages). Include a front page, and abstract, the body, and a reference page(s). Be written in APA style (current edition).

  • Effect of Gender on learning and behaviour



    Research Essay (20%)


    Students are required to write a college level research essay to be submitted via the Assignments area by the end of week 13.

    Below are step by step instructions.

    1. Selecting a Topic:
    • Select a topic from the list at the bottom of this instruction page.
    1. Writing your Essay:
    • Length

    Write an essay containing a minimum of 2,000 words (but no longer than 3,000) with sources of information correctly used in the document (i.e. books, articles, and internet) properly cited.

    • Format

    The essay must be word processed, double spaced, and spell checked. It should also include:

    • A cover page containing:
      1. Your name and student ID number
      2. The title of the essay
      3. The subject – PSY181
    • An introductory paragraph containing a thesis statement outlining the purpose of your essay or a claim that you are making.
    • Paragraphs containing points that are substantiated by your references and cited within the paragraph.
    • A conclusion that connects the research you have done with your original claim (thesis statement).
    • Your paper should be written in the third person. Writing this essay in the first person is not acceptable.
    • Citations
      • Both paraphrased text and quotes must be properly referenced using MLA or APA in-text citations. Reference notations must be used within each paragraph wherein a source has been used for information (i.e. Smith, page 90 (MLA Style)) or via footnotes or endnotes (PSA style).
      • Include an accompanying MLA or APA Works Cited page properly referencing all psychology documents, texts, articles or web sites that were used for your research. Your full list of references should appear at the bottom of the essay. A minimum of three references is required.
      • If you are unfamiliar with citation guidelines, you need to look at The Handbook (available in most libraries), or consult this online resource:

    1. Saving your file:
      • File Type: Save the File as Rich Text Format (.rtf), not .doc, .wps, or any other type. Other file types will not be accepted for marking.
      • File Name: essay.rtf where XXX is replaced by your last name, and y is replaced by your first initial.
    1. Submitting the Assignment:
      • Your file must be submitted in the Assignments area.
      • In the Assignments area, click on the folder: Research Essay.
      • In Section 2, Assignment Materials, select, Browse my Computer.
      • Attach the file and then click on Submit.
      • Before you submit, you can review instructions in How to use Blackboard & Submit Assignments (in Course Information). Note that you may not copy and paste; you must submit an attached file.
      • Due Date:
      • Submit the assignment no later than the end of Week 13. See Subject Timelines (in Course Information) for the specific due date. Late submissions will not be accepted.

    PSY181 Research Essay Topics:

    Select one of the topics listed below.

    1. Effect of Family Constellation on learning and behavior (i.e.: First born, vs. Middle born, vs. youngest)
    2. Effect of a Social / Environmental Factor on learning and behavior. A possible factor might be one of the following: early deprivation, poverty, parental neglect etc. You can select a different issue but be sure to narrow your subject to just one.
    3. Effect of Gender on learning and behavior. Do boys and girls learn differently? How?
    4. Effect of a Learning Disability such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or dyslexia on learning and behavior.
    5. Effect of Positive or Negative Self-concept on learning and behavior (Carl Rogers, Maslow, Adler).
    6. Effect of Stress on learning and behavior.
    7. Benefits and Drawbacks of a Behaviorist approach to teaching or parenting.
    8. The Acquisition of language: A consequence of learning or inheritance

    Additional Files:


  • Spiritual Needs Assessment Case


    Use the articles provided in the readings for this module. The Joint Commission provides some guidelines for creating spiritual assessment tools for evaluating the spiritual needs of patients. Using these resources and any other guidelines/examples you can find, make up your own tool for assessing the spiritual needs of patients.

    1. The spiritual-needs assessment tool should include a minimum of five questions that can either be answered by the patient and/or by your observation of the patient. The information can be presented in a Word document, in a table, or in questionnaire format.

    Using your assessment-tool questions, practice completing a spiritual assessment with a patient, family member, or friend.

    Once complete, analyze your results in 750-1000 words, with the following:

    1. Write a brief summary of your assessment findings.
    2. What significant discoveries did you make about the individual you chose to assess?
    3. What went well?
    4. What would you do differently in the future?
    5. Were there any barriers or challenges that inhibited your ability to complete the assessment tool? How would you address these in the future or change your assessment to better address these challenges?
    6. Describe the spiritual experience you had with your patient, family member, or friend using this tool. How does this tool allow you to better meet the needs of your patient?

    While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

    This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

     Submit your assessment tool, patient answers, and your analysis of how the assessment went to the instructor.

  • Culture in Saudi Arabia


    Describe the culture in Saudi Arabia in terms of whether it is individualistic or collectivisitc; high-context or low-context; and high-power-distance or low-power-distance. Use concrete examples. Next, provide a brief critique of each of those characteristics of your culture. What do you find to be positive about it? What do you find to be negative about it? If you could, would you change your culture? Why or why not?

    • 1-inch margins
    • double-spaced
    • 10-12 point font in Times New Roman
    • 2-page
  • Asynchronous and Synchronous Online Communities


    Before you begin this lab please read the attached file “12 variables of Online Communties”.  You will see the file when you click the link below and then scroll down.  Follow and complete the steps below:

    1) Research and explain the meaning of the terms Asynchronous and Synchronous as they pertain to Online Communties.

    2) Create a list of the different formats/types of Online Communties you are aware of (i.e. chatrooms, etc.) and put an “S” next to it if you believe it is Synchronous and an “AS” if Asynchrounous (some might have both).

    3) Search for and identify a chatroom you might be interested in.  Some of you will know of one immediately, others may have to look around using free resources such as an YAHOO, Google, etc. If needed,  I encourage you to create “dummy accounts” to access the chatroom, so that you are not divulging personal identity/info.  Visit the chatroom of your choice for a minimum of 20minutes.  Log the name of the room, time entered, and time you left.  Document your experience in that chatroom and explain how the 12 variables you just read about do pertain or do not pertain to it and your experience.

    Some simple options as a last resort

    4) Search for and identify a Discussion Board/Forum you might be interested in.  Some of you will know of one immediately others may have to look around.  Those that wish to create “dummy accounts” to access their Discussion Board are welcome to do so.  Visit your Board and spend some time reading the threads and evaluating the overall discussion, layout, etc.  Log the name of the Board.  Document your experience and explain how the 12 variables you just read about pertain or do not to it.

    Type your answers and logs up in MS Word

    Additional Files:


  • SOC 100 – Assignment 1.1: Topic Selection and Thesis Statement (Cloning)


    Consider a social issue in which you are interested. It could be human freedom, sexuality, deviance, crime, social mobility, poverty, education, aging, and similar issues. Select a specific social issue to investigate in this assignment. In this assignment, you will begin your exploration by developing a thesis statement. A thesis statement is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The body of the essay organizes the material you gathered and outlined that you present as your argument in support of your claims. Keep in mind that a thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. (Note: Students please consult Stanford University’s Website with tips on how to construct a proper thesis, the Web page can be found at:

    Write a thesis statement that is one to two (1-2) sentences long in which you:

    1. Describe the topic you have selected.
    2. Identify the sociological significance of the subject matter.
    3. Develop a thesis statement that supports your stance on the topic and directly answers the position you pose with your topic.
    4. Speculate on opposing views of the sociological significance of your topic.
    5. Determine a counter argument based on your topic and justify your response.
    6. Use three (3) credible sources and APA citations where appropriate.

    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; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    • 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 assignment page length.
  • HUM112 Assignment 1: Essay


    Assignment 1: Essay Due Week 4 and worth 100 points
    Choose one (1) of the three reading selections from the list of topic choices below. Read the selection in the textbook. Write a three to four (3-4) paragraph essay (250 words) which analyzes the “surprise ending” of the reading selection.
    Topic Choices:

    • Reading selection from Descartes’ Discourse on the Method (Part IV). Descartes begins with the problem of being able to prove his own existence but ends up with an argument proving the existence of God. Read more about the Discourse on the Method located at
    • Reading selection from Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Swift begins with offering the solution that the English could do things which might solve the problem of overpopulation and the mistreatment of citizens in Ireland. It ends by offering the solution that an internal change in the Irish government would best solve the problem of overpopulation and a populace victimized by its own government. Read more about A Modest Proposal located at
    • Two reading selections from Voltaire’s Candide. The story begins by acknowledging the foolishness of the superstitious traditions held by the people in the city of Lisbon but ends by confirming Voltaire’s belief that religion in general is equally based in false superstitions.

    For the reading selection you choose:

    1. Clearly state in your own words the “surprise ending” in the reading you selected. Identify the point in the reading when you realized that the ending would be different from what the beginning of the reading suggested that it would be.

    2. Since you were expecting a different ending, evaluate how successful the author was in convincing you to accept the validity of the “surprise ending” that was not clearly suggested at the beginning.
    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; citations and references must follow APA Style format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. (Note: Students can find APA style materials located in the course shell for reference)
    • Include a cover page containing the tile 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 assignment page length.
      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 from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.
    • Use technology and information resources to research issues in the study of world cultures.
  • Grieving process as defined by Kübler-Ross and the story of Job


    Perform a literature search on the grieving process, using readings from this module, the GCU Library, or other websites and materials at your disposal. Focus on the work of Kübler-Ross’ grieving process and the stages of grief.

    Review the story of Job in the Bible, focusing on his suffering and grief. Examine how this story correlates to the grieving process defined by Kübler-Ross.

    In a paper of 750-1,000 words, include the following:

    1. Compare and contrast the grieving process as defined by Kübler-Ross and the story of Job with that of at least one other religion.
    2. Compare the relationship and interaction between joy and the above grieving models and examples.
    3. Relate your research to your own preferred method of handling grief. State whether your research has changed your view of grief.

    Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

    This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

  • Teenagers Will Never Be Responsible


    BGCSE 2004 PAPER

    TOPIC 4: Despite parents= fears, teenagers can be responsible. Discuss.

    Pages: 2, double spaced

  • A common stereotype of aging involves the decline of an individual’s abilities…


    For this assignment you must read the following articles and answer the related questions.

    Length and Formatting Requirements:

    • Maximum of three (3) single-sided A4 pages for your answers (list of References at the end of the document does not count towards this limit).
    • 12 point, Times New Roman font
    • Double Line spacing
    • All margins must be 2.54cm in width
    • Referencing format must be APA 6th edition (in-text references and reference list at the end of the document)

    We will cease assessing content beyond the 3 page mark conforming to the formatting requirements above (not including the reference list), so ensure that your answers do not run over-length.

    Before you start:

    • Do not use the World Wide Web or Encarta or encyclopaedias as reference sources
    • Part of your task is to source information from journals and books. Of course, you are allowed to use Electronic journals.
    • ALL statements of fact must be referenced, except for those facts it might reasonably be expected that most Year 12 students would know (e.g., humans have a brain).
    • When you are referencing your information sources for this assignment, please ensure that it conforms to the APA 6th edition referencing format.

    Cowley, M. (2000). The view from eighty. In D. N. Sattler & V. Shabatay (Eds.), Psychology in context: Voices and perspectives (2nd ed., pp. 156-159). Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin.

    Question One (4 marks)

    A common stereotype of aging involves the decline of an individual’s abilities and prospects as they settle into ‘old age’. However, older individuals are generally noted as being better at the regulation of negative feelings, and are more capable of focusing on the positive parts of their life.

    Does Cowley’s recollection in the chapter The view from eighty conform to this understanding of older adults?

    Which stage of Erikson’s psychosocial development theory would be most relevant to Cowley’s example?

    Provide a relevant example for each question from the chapter to support your answers.

    Recommended sources of information for this question: introductory psychology textbooks, developmental psychology textbooks, and journal articles.

    Question Two (4 marks)

    While physical changes are outwardly apparent for older individuals, cognitive and social changes are also important to consider when examining development at this later stage of adult life.

    Discuss the importance of social and cognitive changes in this part of adulthood, providing examples of each from Cowley’s recollection to support your answer.

    Recommended sources of information for this question: introductory psychology textbooks, developmental psychology textbooks, and journal articles.

    Question Three (7 Marks)

    Use the Library Catalogue to find a journal article (published 2005+) that reports on a piece of original research regarding a factor or factors related to ‘positive ageing’. Summarise the study aims, and explain in your own words what the key findings of the study were.

    How might these findings related to positive ageing be applied in an everyday context for older individuals?


    •  An original research study will have a Participants, Method and Results section. It involves the collection of some form of data. A review article, meta-analysis, or theoretical article is NOT appropriate for this question. Try to choose an article that you can make sense of, as you will need to paraphrase the aims / findings of the study as part of your answer.
    •  Any example of a characteristic or human behaviour that is measurable is appropriate. Examples of characteristics / behaviours might include life satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, self-esteem, cognitive functioning, moral reasoning, or many others.

    Referencing (5 marks)

    •  Appropriate paraphrasing
    •  Correct in text citations for material from published sources
    •  Correct acknowledgement of direct quotes
    •  Reference list is complete and in APA format

    Additional Materials:



    Comparison between Indian Spanish and Chinese marriage

    Pages: 12, double spaced

    Citation: APA

  • Compare Your Home Culture (Arabic) and Contrast it to the U.S.


    Since all of you are international students, you have already experienced Intercultural Communication.

    Drawing on Chapter 6 specifically, and the text in general, compare your home culture (identifying the cultural patterns from Ch. 6) and contrast it to the U.S. on at least 4 specific communication factors.  This can include verbal, nonverbal, values, power distance, or any other factor.

    Support your claims with examples of typical behaviors from both cultures.  The length depends entirely on your ability to describe communication behaviors .  You may find that your own period of adjustment may guide you.

    Pages: 5, double spaced