Applying Theory: Environmental Issues


SOC 120  Assignment

Applying Theory: Environmental Issues

The goal of this assignment is to apply an ethical theory to a real-world situation. You will examine an environmental issue, and apply one of the ethical theories to understand how human interactions with the natural environment raise ethical concerns. You will do this by preparing and posting a PowerPoint Slideshow.

Choose one of the following topics/ issues and read about it at the indicated place:

Environmental Justice/ environmental racism (Article: Environmental Justice for All)

Environmental harm/ pollution of air and water (Chapter 8 in the textbook)

Waste reduction (chapter 8 in the textbook)

Select one philosophical theory (Utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics). Consider the following questions pertaining to the theory you have selected:

What does the theory tell us about how things operate in the real world?

What is the focus of the theory? That is, what aspects of everyday life does the theory address? Another way to think about this is to consider what questions the theory is addressing?

The focus (or questions) help you think about the topical boundaries of the theory- This course is about ethics and social responsibility and you should concentrate on the ethical and moral aspects of the theory and of the topic you are analyzing. It may  help to think in terms of different realms or institutions does the theory help to explain peoples behavior from a political perspective? From an economic perspective? From a religious perspective? From an ethical perspective? Try to sort through everything that does not represent an ethical question, and address only the ethical issues.

How does the theory simplify complex issues to make them more understandable? Another way to think about this is to consider what the elements- or-concepts- that make up the theory are. Identify the concepts and how they are related to each other.

Develop one thesis question that applies your philosophical theory to your environmental issue. You will address this question in developing an argument that links to theory to the issue (Through your notes and pictures), so make sure you word your questions carefully to accomplish this task.

Develop an argument that addresses your question. Build your argument by writing nine sentences. Each sentence should make one important point about the ethical aspects of the environmental issue you are analyzing and will be placed on one slide each. Make sure your argument focuses on ethical arguments, and avoid personal opinion, or arguments based on politics, economics, religion, or topics other than ethics.

Create a  PowerPoint Slideshow to present your argument. Begin by inserting your argument into the slideshow using the “notes” feature at the bottom of each slide. Click on the box that says “click to add notes” and type one sentence at the bottom of each slide. Your sentences and slides should link together to form your argument.

Find photos to illustrate each sentence, and post the photo on the slide above the note. You can use your own personal photos or can search the internet for photos that are appropriate. Make sure the photos are not protected from copying; you should only use photos that are in the public domain. Cite the sources from which you get your photos underneath the photo on each slide.

Your slideshow should present what you would usually write in a paper. The slideshow should be 11 slides long (1 slide for the title page, 9 slides for your arguments, 1 slide for references). All citations and references should be in APA format.

Only serious people that know how to follow directions and do not use any plagiarism need to do this

Intrusions in Asia….

Describe the key motives involved in the increased presence of Westerners in India, China, and Japan in the 1700s and 1800s. Identify the key factors that led to Britain’s successful imposition of its presence and trade policies on China, despite communications like those from Emperor Ch’ien-lung (i.e., Qianlong) and Commissioner Lin Zexu (i.e., Lin Tse-hsu). Argue for or against the British policies regarding China in the 1800s, using analogies from our own modern times.



The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid

Assignment 1: The Effects of War and Peace on Foreign Aid
Due Week 4 and worth 200 points

Use the Internet to research one (1) developing nation of your choice. Your research should include an examination of the effects that war and peace have on the distribution of foreign aid, as well as the material covered by the Webtext and lectures in Weeks 1 through 3.

Write a three to four (3-4) page research paper in which you:

  1. Assess the positive and negative effects that peace and war, respectively, have on the distribution of foreign aid in the developing country that you have selected. Support your response with concrete examples of each of the results that you have cited.
  2. Analyze the specific actions that the leadership of the selected country has taken, through the use of its foreign aid from donor nations and international lending institutions, to relieve the severe problems caused by warfare.
  3. Discuss whether or not the extension of foreign aid has successfully reduced poverty and the incidence of warfare in the selected country. Support your response with examples.
  4. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia, blogs, and other nonacademic websites do not qualify as academic resources. Approval of resources is at the instructor’s discretion. Resources must also be within the last seven (7) years.

When referencing the selected resources, please use the following format:

  • Webtext Format:
    • Name of the author. Name of title. Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

Soomo. Understanding Development [Webtext]. Retrieved from

  • Lecture Format:
    • Name of the Author. Name of the lecture [lecture type]. Retrieved from lecture url.
      • Example:

Strayer University. (2013). Understanding Development [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from /bbcswebdav/institution/SOC/300/1136/Week1/lecture/story.html.

  • Internet Resources:
    • Author’s Name. (Date of publication). Title of the resource. Retrieved from website url.
      • Example:

Wuestewald, Eric. (2014). Portraits of people living on a dollar a day. Retrieved from

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.


SOC 203 Discussion Posts 2 Total

Discussion 1

Gay Parenting

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

  1. What core social values are most challenged by legalized gay adoption?
  2. How have these “values” been defined and reinforced?
  3. Assuming these values are changing, at least for some individuals or societies, how have experts explained or described the change?
  4. How has your personal view of “the family” changed over your lifetime?
  5. 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?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. 

Discussion 2

Reinventing Healthcare

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:

  1. 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?
  2. Are these expert opinions biased in any way? Provide examples.
  3. 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?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Mr.Jonas in Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine(questions)need asap!no slow repliers

(1.)  Which option best describes the character of Mr. Jonas in Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine?

1. whimsical and generous
2. mournful and sincere
3. intelligent and scholarly
4. creative and shy
(2.)   How are background readings a useful resource for a writer who is trying to find a research topic?

1. It might give the writer the material he or she needs to write the paper.
2. It might help the writer determine his or her level of interest in the topic.
3. It might help the writer determine if readers will want to learn more about the topic.
4. It might show the writer that his or her topic has already been covered by another writer.

(3.) Read the scenario:

Benny wants to write about climate change, but he knows he needs to narrow down this broad topic. He has made a list of current events that are related to his topic. The trouble is, he can’t decide which event he should focus on.

Which brainstorming technique would be most helpful to Benny?

1. Use a search engine to look up each event to determine which one would have the most research material.
2. Use a pro/con chart to list the positives and negatives of each event.
3. Generate a list of genuine, open-ended questions about each event; then select the one that leads to the most interesting questions.
4. Generate a web organizer that links all of the events to the topic; then use the web to organize a paper that covers all of the events.



(4.) Which option best contrasts the author’s purpose with the opinions that might appear on a blog?

1. The author’s purpose is often not directly stated, while his or her opinions should appear directly in the text.
2. The author’s opinions are often not directly stated, while the author’s purpose should appear directly in the text.
3. The author’s purpose may not be represented by all of the opinions that he or she features on the blog.
4. The author’s purpose is represented by all of the opinions that he or she features on the blog.

(5.)Which option best contrasts a critique and a summary?

1. A summary communicates factual information; a critique does not.
2. A critique communicates factual information; a summary does not.
3. A summary contains the opinions of its author; a critique does not.
4. A critique contains the opinions of its author; a summary does not.




watch a movie and write 2 pages

watch the movie The Smartest Guy In The Room and :

1- Briefly recap the movie The Smartest Guy In The Room.

2-Discuss the ethical considerations and duties from the movie.

3- Give your opinion about the ethics of the upper management of Enron and the behavior of the company/industry. Do you think there was justice for the company/industry and any stakeholders?

(2 Pages)

introduction to addiction and addictive behaviors

Drunk driving is one of the largest social problems related to alcohol use. Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is involved in 40–45% of all fatal traffic accidents. As a result, legislators, educators, and law enforcement officers are continually attempting to find ways to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol.

Select one of the following age groups: teens (13–17 years), college-age (18–25 years), adults (26–60 years), or seniors (61 years and up).

For your selected age group, develop a plan to reduce driving under the influence. The plan could include (but not be limited to) educational, legislative, and community support; and social advertising. Present at least three action points in your plan. Be sure to include:

  • The format of the plan
  • Who will deliver the information and how
  • Specific tactics used to target the selected group
  • Methods used to measure the success of the plan

Be sure to include an introduction and summary for your plan. Support your recommendations using authoritative sources.

Write a 2–3-page plan in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M4_A2.doc.

LASA I—Gender Identity

LASA I—Gender Identity

You have some expertise in gender identity development although you may not be aware of it. This assignment presents you with the opportunity to explore your own gender identity development. Gender identity is a very personal topic, yet also one that has been much studied in professional literature.

Using the module readings, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research psychological literature on gender identity. In addition to the module readings, select at least two scholarly resources for use in this assignment. You also have the option of using nonscholarly resources from reputable Web and print sources.

Cover the following sections:

  • Early Learning about Gender
    • Identify memories of masculinity and femininity in your family, peers, authority figures, and role models from childhood through adolescence.
    • Describe the biological, social, historical, cultural, ethnic, or political influences on your early learning of gender roles and explain how they form a part of your own gender role identity.
    • Include examples specific to your experiences.
  • Influence of Gender on Roles and Decisions
    • Evaluate the scientific evidence for the influence of gender expectations on social roles, cognitive abilities, and educational and career choices.
    • Compare or contrast this scientific evidence to your own experiences. That is, explain how your experience matches or does not match the scientific community’s opinion about how gender expectations influence social roles, cognitive abilities, and educational and career choices.
  • Transitions, Conflicts, and Challenges
    • Identify any transition points or conflicts in your gender role development until now. Were there times when you did not feel your expected gender role fit for you?
    • Describe your experiences with sexism or lack of experiences with sexism. How does this relate to what the scientific community says about transitions, conflicts, and challenges?
  • Looking Forward
    • Discuss how you anticipate your gender identity will continue to evolve over the course of your life. Do you have present concerns about your gender identity?
    • Identify areas in which you could benefit from expanding the definition of your gender role. What difficulties do you anticipate in this? Explain.

Be sure to include the following in your paper:

  • A title page
  • A reference page
  • Headings for each of the sections applying APA standards
  • A minimum of two scholarly sources, which are not included in the module readings

For reputable Web sources, look for .org, .net, or .edu Web sites as opposed to .com sites. Please avoid Wikipedia.

Write a 4–6-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to the formatting of your paper and the citation of sources. Remember to include a cover page and reference page in APA format. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M3_A2.doc.

By Wednesday, April 2, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.

Grading Rubric

This assignment is worth 200 points and will be graded using a rubric.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Identified early childhood memories of masculinity and femininity in family, with peers, and with authority figures and role models.

Discussed the biological, social, historical, cultural, ethnic, or political influences on early learning of gender roles and explained how it is now a part of current personal gender role identity. Included examples specific to personal experiences.


Evaluated the scientific evidence and/or theories related to the influence of gender expectations on social roles, cognitive abilities, and educational and career choices, and compared or contrasted them to personal experiences.


Identified any transition points or conflicts in gender role development, including times when he/she did not feel that his/her expected gender role fit him/her and whether he/she has experienced sexism. Personal experiences are related to external research and/or theories in the field to illustrate and strengthen ideas.


Forecasted how personal gender identity will evolve over his/her lifetime. This includes reflections about gender identity. Identified personal areas that could benefit from expanding his/her definition of gender role, and discussed the difficulties in doing so. Used external research, including theories of gender development and/or scientific evidence, to support ideas.


Writing Components:

Organization (12)

Usage and Mechanics (12)

APA Elements (16)

Style (4)




Note: Your paper will be evaluated according to the rubric. Study the rubric carefully before you start work and refer to it periodically to improve your paper.

discuss how to place your tentative essay into either Aristotle’s classical form of argument or the Rogerian argument style.

After reviewing the Classic and Rogerian Arguments document, discuss how to place your tentative essay into either Aristotle’s classical form of argument or the Rogerian argument style. Your initial post must justify the placement of your material and describe the material’s intended effect on the audience.

300 words

Describe how drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine are used to treat drug addiction

What is your belief about drug abuse? Do you believe that drug abuse is hereditary? Why or why not? Try to bring in some factual information to support your views. 150 and a refs

Describe how drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine are used to treat drug addiction. How do you feel about treating drug addiction with administering another drug? Explain your response. 150 words and a refs