Oral/Written Presentation Topics

Oral Presentation Topics

Your first oral presentation must be from the first two unit groupings (the links in red font).  Your second presentation must be from the last two groupings (the links in purple font).   To sum up, students must  do one presentation from the red and one presentation from the purple topics. Students can make a selection from the list below and write a brief summary on it (between one to two pages typed, double-spaced), as well as provide a brief oral discussion in class.   If you would like to do a topic that is not on the list that is fine. Just check with me first and show me the topic so I can determine which unit it belongs in.  Many of the links are located at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.  Occasionally, they will ask you to fill out a form before you can access the website.  You can use your real information if you want, or you can just make up a name to get to the website.  As a reminder when writing your summary, if the article you choose is from a few years ago and they use the phrase “last week” or “this year” please adjust your writing to reflect the time changes. Finally, if a link is not working please contact me so I can fix it. Please don’t wait until the night before it is do to let me know a link doesn’t work.

List for First Oral/Written Presentation Topic

Unit 2 Topics

1. Reference Groups   Link 1  

2.  Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Military Bureaucracy  

3.   Dealing With a Hospital Bureaucracy (All three links are short stories about hospital bureaucracies)         Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

4.  JFK’s Legacy and Groupthink

5.  The McDonalization of Society

 

 

Unit 3 Topics

1.  The Construction of Reality in TV News Programs  

2.  Do You Facebook?

3.  How Social Networks Have Changed the Way We Communicate

 

Unit 4 Topics

1.    Cultural Universals  Link 1   Link 2  

2.      The Incest Taboo      Link 1        Link 2 

3.     Culture Shock

4.   The Yanamamo 

5.    Female Genital Mutilation and Cultural Relativism

6.   Hmong Culture 

7.   Subculture: Burning Man   Link 1    Link 2  

8.    Subculture:  Raves  Link 1     Link 2

9.   The Amish and Technology      Link 1     Link 2  

10.  The Loss of Bull Fighting in Spain     Link 1       Link 2  

11.  Cultural Diffusion Between America and Japan   

12.   Exporting American Values and the Global Gag Rule  Link 1   Link 2 

13.   Cultures and Corruption    Link 1    Link 2

14.   Americans and the Lack of Vacation Time    Link 1    Link 2

15.   The Impact of Air Conditioning on American Life    Link 1     Link  2  

16.    Wasted in Wisconsin: The Culture of Drinking in the State of Wisconsin

17.    Why Cant Americans Be More Like the Finns?

18.    The quinceañera   Link 1   Link 2

19.    France and the Language Police   Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

20.  Same sex Marriage     Link 1    Link  2

21.  Can the 10 Commandments be Posted in State Courthouses?

22.   Debate over Mosque at Ground Zero   Link 1    Link 2

23.  The Vampire Subculture   Link 1   Link 2

24.  Guns and the Culture War    Link 1    Link 2

25.  The Subculture of Fantasy Football    Link 1   Link 2   Link 3

26.  The Subculture of Freegans   Link 1   Link 2

27.  What Is Taught In High School History Classes and the Culture War    Link 1     Link 2

 

Unit 5 Topics

1.   Nature and Nurture: What Really Shapes a Child’s Life  

2.   Black Athletic Prowess:  Nature vs. Nurture   Link  1     Link  2

3.   Parental Influence on Children’s Socialization to Gender Roles 

4.  Why Are the Best Guitar Players Primarily Men?     Link  1   Link  2

5.   Where Have the Female Rappers Gone?   Link  1    Link  2

6.  Historical Boys Clothing:  Gender and Color     Link  1    Link  2

7.   The Need For Male Role Models in Teaching    Link 1    Link  2

8.  Why Are Men Less Religious Than Women     Link 1     Link 2

9.  How Toys Teach Children Stereotypical Gender Roles: A Look Inside a Local Toy Store

10.  Is It Manly to Give Another Man a Hug?     Link 1   Link  2

11.  The Metrosexual Man     Link 1   Link 2

12.  Socialization and the Home School Student   Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

13.  Social Interaction on the Internet   Link 1    Link 2  

14.  Online Chat Room/Blog Etiquette    Link 1    Link 2

15.  The Stanford Prison Experiment 

16.  The Conservatory as a Total Institution 

17.    The Aging of the World’s Population     Link 1      Link 2  

18.   Growing Old in Abkhasia   

         Link 1   Link 2  

19.   Age Discrimination in Employment    

        Link 1      Link 2   

20.  Do Girls Do As Well As Boys in Math?   Link 1   Link 2    Link 3

21.  Sworn Virgins In Albania  (women taking on the role of men)    Link 1    Link 2

22.  Uniquely Human: The Science of Gender    Link 1   Link 2

 

 

Unit 6 Topics

1.   What is a terrorism?   

2.   Finger Length Predicts Aggression in Men 

3.     A Brief History of Marijuana Prohibition  Link 1

4.    The Real Price of Prisons    Link 1    Link  2

5.    Cracking Down on Corporate Crime 

6.    Why is Crime Down in America?      Link 1        Link 2    Link 3

7.    Cost of Gun Violence     Link 1    Link  2

8.    Women in the Prison System

9.    Females and Gangs:  Sexual Violence, Prostitution, and Exploitation

10.   National Police Misconduct Report

11.  Prison Life in Norway

12.  The Caging of America: Why Do We Lock Up So Many People?

13.  America’s Broken Criminal Justice System

 

 

Unit 7 Topics

1.  Modern Slavery   Link 1       Link  2  

2.   The Untouchables of India   Link  1     Link   2

3.  The CIA in Iran: The American Overthrow of an Elected Government    Link 1     Link 2

4.   White Trash:  The Construction of an American Scapegoat  

5.   Cancer Alley    Link 1    Link 2     Link 3

6.    Gated Communities   Link  1   Link 2  

7.  E-Waste:  Where Do All of Our Old Computers Go?      Link 1      Link 2

8.  Worker- CEO Pay Gap Widens

9.   Poor Haitian’s Resort to Eating Dirt  (two pages)

10. How Do Evictions From Homes and Apartments Effect the Poor and Minorities                   Link 1   Link 2

11.  Low Income Groups and Access to Dental Care     Link 1    Link 2

12.  The Horatio Alger Myth and Social Mobility    Link 1    Link 2

13.  The Criminalization of Poverty

14.   India’s Rent -a-Womb Business: Surrogate Mothers

15.  The Banana Republic and the United Fruit Company   Link 1     Link 2

16.  Are The Olympic Games for the Rich?   Link 1     Link 2

17.  Inequality Starts at Birth     Link 1    Link 2

 

Beginning for Second Oral/Written Presentation Topic

Unit 8 Topics

1.  “Hooking up” and Modern Dating in the United States             Link 1    Link 2

2.   Sex Tourism     Link 1    Link 2  

3.    Homosexuality in Ancient Greece    Link 1    Link  2  

4.   The Case of John/Joan    Link 1    Link 2

5.   The Gay Gene?      Link 1    Link 2   Link 3

6.   The Berdache      Link 1      Link 2

7.   Stonewall Riot       Link 1   Link 2

8.   Sex Toy Parties     Link 1    Link 2

9.   Hate Crimes Against Homosexuals    Link 1    Link 2

10.  Imprisonment and Death for Homosexual Behavior Around the World   Link 1   Link 2

11.   Same-sex Spouses Lose Big Time on Taxes

12.  Is the World Warming Up to Gay Rights?   Link 1    Link 2 

13.  Biological Connection to Sexual Orientation in the Womb?

14.  Why Have Young People in Japan Stopped Having Sex?

15.  Pornography Addiction     Link 1    Link 2

 

 

Unit 9 Topics

Race and Ethnicity Topics

1.  American Eugenics  

       Link 1   Link 2  

2.    Racial Bias in Health Care    

         Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

3.    Ethnic Stereotypes in Television   

          Link 1     Link 2

4.   Asian Stereotypes    

        Link 1    Link 2

5.  Ethnic Cleansing    

         Link 1   Link 2

6.  The Armenian Genocide    

        Link 1   Link 2

7.  Cambodian Genocide  

       Link 1   Link 2

8.   “Never Again”: How the United States has turned its back on Genocide”    

9.    Rwanda Genocide    Link 1   Link 2  

10.   Auschwitz Concentration Camp    

        Link 1 

11.  Rape of Nanking    

      Link 1    Link 2

12.  Gypsies:  A Persecuted Race   

        Link 1 ( contains 4 pages)

13.  pogroms    

  Link 1    Link 2

14.    Apartheid in South Africa    

          Link 1    Link 2  

17.  Forced Assimilation of Native Americans  

        Link 1   Link 2  

18.  Australian Aborigines   

       Link 1     Link 2     Link 3 

19.  How Baseball Exploits the Dominican Republic     Link 1     Link 2

  20.  Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments   

      Link 1     Link 2    Link 3

21.  Tulsa Race Riot of 1921    

      Link 1   Link 2

22.  lynching    

     Link 1   Link 2

23.  DWB (driving while black)    

      Link 1   Link 2

24.  Brown v. Board Topeka Education  

      Link 1    Link 2

25.    Reparations for Slavery in the United States   

       Link 1      Link 2

26.     Race and the Death Penalty    

            Link 1        Link 2    Link  3

27.    Police Brutality and Race   

          Link 1   Link 2  

28.    Racial Gerrymandering    

          Link 1    Link 2   

29.  Japanese internment     

      Link 1      Link 2

30.   Sand Creek Massacre   

         Link 1    Link 2  

31.     The Affirmative Action Debate    

          Link 1    Link 2  

32.     “White Flight”    

          Link 1   Link 2 

33.   Prison Drug Gap Between Whites and Blacks 

34.  Racial Wealth Gap

35.  The State of Women of Color In the United States

 

Gender Topics

1.   matriarchal society in China?     

       Link 1     Link 2      Link 3 

2.   women’s suffrage    

      Link 1   Link 2  

3.   Roe v Wade    

         Link 1     Link 2  

4.   Women’s Property Rights    

         Link 1     Link 2    Link 3

5.   Title IX  (gender equity in education and sports)    

        Link 1     Link 2

6.   Glass Ceiling   

         Link 1         Link 2

7.   Sexual Harassment in the Workplace    

        Link 1      Link 2        Link 3

8.   date rape     

       Link 1     Link 2  

9.   marital rape     

        Link 1      Link  2

10.   Rape:  Silent War Against Women in South Africa   

         Link 1      Link 2

11.   Tribal Council Ordered Gang Rape in Pakistan    

        Link 1     Link 2

12.   “Comfort Women”    

        Link 1    Link 2        

13.  honor killings    

     Link 1    Link 2   Link 3

14.   Acid Attacks on Women    

        Link 1  Link 2  

15.  Bride Kidnappings in Krygyzstan       Link 1     Link 2

16.   sati     

      Link 1   Link 2    Link 3

17.   dowry deaths    

       Link 1   Link 2  

18.   China’s one child policy    

         Link 1      Link 2

19.   Female Infanticide   

       Link 1   Link 2     Link 3

20.    Women Bear the Brunt of Violence During War      Link 1    Link 2

21.  Self-Immolation Seen as Only Escape For Women

22.  Pakistan Rape Reform Fails

23.   The Rape, Assault and Harassment of Women in the Military   Link 1       Link 2

24.   Women in Afghanistan  (suicide, forced to marry rapist, etc…)   Link 1      Link 2

25.  Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Native American Women From Sexual Violence in the United States

26.  Foreign Domestic Workers Raped in Saudi Arabia

27.   The Longest War is the One Against Women

28.   Feminism’s Long March

29.   Why Has Humanity Always Fantasized About the Capture and Rape of Women?

30.   Women Killed As Witches: Yesterday and Today    Link 1    Link 2

31.  Sexism and Online Gaming

32.  Why Scandinavian Women Make the Rest of the World Jealous

33.  Should Women Be Paid Less So They Can Find a Husband?     Link 1     Link 2

 

Unit 10 Topics

1.   What is the Definition of Marriage? 

2.     Deflating the Myth of Monogamy 

3.     Recent Household Chore Research     Link  1   Link  2   Link  3

4.   The Status of Women’s Rights in the World Today  

5.    Best/Worst Countries to be a Mother

6.    Young Mothers Looking for Flexibility   Link 1    Link 2

7.   Married Families Now the Minority     Link 1   Link 2

8.     Cohabitation in America    Link 1     Link 2

9.      The Sandwich Generation    Link  1    Link   2

10.     Do Opposites Attract?  Probably Not.  Link 1    Link 2    Link 3 

11.     Arranged Marriages    Link 1    Link 2    

12.       Married Couples and Sexual Satisfaction   Link 1    Link 2

13.      Divorce Rates by Religious Group, Age Group, and Geographic Area

14.   More Men Get Economic Boost From Marriage 

15.   The Taxpayer’s Cost of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing

16.   Tiger Moms: Raising American Kids the Chinese Way     Link 1    Link 2

17.   Are Gay Parents the Best Parents?

18.   “Accordion” Families    Link 1   Link 2

19.  Research on the Importance of Fathers in Their Children’s Lives

20.  Online Dating in the Twenty-first Century   Link 1     Link 2

21.  Does an Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?

 

 

Unit 11 Topics

 

1.   The Hidden Curriculum   Link 1     Link 2 

2.   The Pro’s and Con’s of Tracking    Link  1    Link  2  

5.   The Pro’s and Con’s of School Prayer   Link 1   Link  2

6.  Indicators of School Crime and Safety

7.  Boys Falling Behind Girls in Many Areas of Education

8.   Will Smaller Schools Will Make the Difference?

9.   Charter Schools      Link 1     Link 2    

10.   Open Enrollment in Schools

11.  School Uniform Debate   Link  1    Link  2  

12.  The Battle Over Bilingual Education   Link 1    Link 2

13.   How Do U.S. Students Compare?

14.   Achievement Gaps Growing Between Successful and Unsuccessful Schools

15.  Study Finds Voucher Schools Achieve at the Same Level as Public Schools

16.    Public Schools and Teacher Turnover  Link 1    Link  2

17.   Colleges Wary of “Helicopter Parents”

18.  Women’s Ranks Rise at Colleges

19.  Segregation in U.S. Schools Rising

20.  Program Encourages Girls To Pursue Engineering Fields

21.  Grade Inflation at US Colleges   Link 1   Link 2

22.  Myths About the Problems of US Schools

23.  The School to Prison Pipeline: Education Under Arrest

24.  What is so Great About Education in Finland?

25.  Credentialism:  Is a Master’s the New Bachelor’s?

26.  Do Market Orientated Educational Reforms Work?

27.  Ripping Off Young Americans: The College-Loan Scandal

28.  Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers With Phantom Students and Failing Grades

29.  National Movement Against Standardized Testing for K-12 Students   Link 1   Link 2

30.  Behind the School Closure Movement

31.  Pro’s and Con’s of the Common Core Standards    Link 1   Link 2

 

Unit 12 Topics

1.   U.S. Civil Religion  

2.   Understanding Islam  Link 1   Link 2   

3.   Understanding Hinduism       Link 1    Link 2   Link 3 

4.  Understanding Buddhism    Link 1        

5.  Understanding Judaism  Link 1         

6.   Understanding the Baha’i World Faith   Link 1    Link 2

7.  Podcasting Church Services    Link  1     Link  2   

8.  Church Donations By Credit Card or ATM?   Link 1    Link 2

9.  Female Monk Causes a Stir

10.  Madrassas (Radical Islamic Schools)

11.  Angola’s Witchcraft’s Child Victims

12.  Survey:  Americans Switching Religions and Dropping Out of Religion

13.   They Died For Lack of a Head Scarf

14.   Women of the Wall

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