Oral/Written Presentation Topics

Students will make a selection from the list below and write a brief summary on it ( minimum two pages typed, double-spaced).   Some of the links  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. The summary will contain the main points the author was making, as well as any relevant statistics.  As a reminder when writing your summary, if one the articles 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. Use all links that are associated with your topic (some topics only have one link, some have three). Use MLA format for your paper. You do not need to have a separate source page at the end if you cite quotes inside the paper.  Finally, many websites offer content for a short time and then archive the article, which changes the web address. If a link is not working please contact me so I can fix it. Please don’t wait until the night before you want to submit your paper it  to let me know a link doesn’t work. A sample of a well-written summary paper is located above.

To submit your paper, you need to use the “article summary paper” link in Blackboard.  Then click that link, then the “browse my computer” button to attach your paper. Then click the “submit” button.   

Unit 2 Topics

1. The Importance of Reference Groups       Link 1     Link 2

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   Link 1     Link 2

5.  The McDonalization of Society  (also use links on efficiency, calculability, predictability, and control at bottom of page)

 

 

Unit 3 Topics

1.  The Construction of Reality in TV News Programs     Link 1    Link 2

2.   The Social Impact of Facebook    Link 1     Link 2     Link 3

3.  How Social Networks Have Changed the Way We Communicate     Link 1     Link 2     Link 3

 

Unit 4 Topics

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

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

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

4.    Cultures and Corruption    Link 1    Link 2

5.    Why Cant Americans Be More Like the Finns?

6.    The Amish and Technology     Link 1     Link 2

7.    The Incest Taboo      Link 1        Link 2 

8.    Culture Shock   Link 1    Link 2

9.    Female Genital Mutilation and Cultural Relativism     Link 1       Link 2

 

10.   The Subculture of Hackers    Link 1     Link 2 

 11.  The Vampire Subculture   Link 1   Link 2

12.  The Subculture of Pinterest     Link  1    Link  2

 13.  The Yanamamo  Tribe of Brazil and Venezuela     Link 1     Link 2

14.    Subculture: Burning Man    Link 1      Link 2  

15.   The Subculture of Freegans   Link 1   Link 2

16.   Subculture:  Raves  Link 1     Link 2

17.     The Culture of Drinking in the State of Wisconsin      Link 1   Link 2    Link 3    Link 4

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

19.    The quinceañera   Link 1   Link 2

20.    Hmong Culture    Link 1    Link 2

21.  Cultural Appropriation in Music, Hairstyles, and Food             Link 1     Link 2    Link 3

22.   Cultural Diffusion Between American and Japan       Link 1    Link 2

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

24.  Religion and the Culture Wars   Link 1     Link 2

25.  Guns and the Culture War    Link 1    Link 2

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

27.  Same sex Marriage and the Culture War     Link 1    Link  2

28.  Why Are the Burka and Burkini Being Banned?

29.  The Ongoing Extinction of Human Languages     Link 1    Link 2

30.  The Danish Cultural Practice of Surviving Long Winters:  Hygge       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   LInk 1     Link 2

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     Link 1     Link 2

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

11.  The Lumbersexual Man     Link 1   Link 2

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

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

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

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

16.  Social Interaction on the Internet   Link 1    Link 2

17.    Socialization and the Home School Student   Link 1     Link 2

18.   The Stanford Prison Experiment 

19.  The Conservatory as a Total Institution 

20.  Growing Old in Abkhasia    Link 1   Link 2 

21. Age Discrimination in Employment     Link 1      Link 2

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

23.  Why Men Are Having Such a Hard Time Aging    Link 1     Link 2

 24.  Is Masculinity the Main Cause Behind Mass Shootings?     Link 1

   

Unit 6 Topics

1.  How Governments and Corporations Financially Benefit From Prison Labor     Link 1       Link 2

2.     Profiting From Probation: America’s “Offender-funded” Probation Industry

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       Link 1        Link 2    

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

10.   National Police Misconduct Report

11.   Prison Life in Norway     Link 1       Link 2 

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

13.  America’s Broken Criminal Justice System

14.  Deviance and the Blue Code of Silence for Police     Link 1     Link 2

15.  Ten Facts About Crime and Incarceration in the United States

16.  Why Violent Crime Increased in the First 6 Months in 2015

17.   The Police as An Agent of Social Order 

18.  Boxed in: The True Cost of  Extreme Isolation in New York’s Prisons

19.  Should the U.S. End the Practice of Using Money For Bail?

20.   The Problem of Rape in American Prisons

21.  Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?      Link 1     Link 2

22.  Civil Forfeiture or Highway Robbery?       Link 1       Link 2

23.  Slavery and the Connection to Modern American Police Forces      Link 1     Link 2

24.  How the Courts Have Helped Create a Police State  

25.  

 

Unit 7 Topics

1.  Modern Slavery   Link 1       Link  2  

2.   The Untouchables of India   Link  1     Link   2

3.   Social Class and Military Enlistment    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     Link 1     Link 2

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.   Income Gap Translated to a Life-Expectancy Gap

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

15.  How the State of Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness by 91%    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

18.  The Myth of Gentrification?

19.  Affluenza: Separate Justice For the Rich?    Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

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

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

22.  The Criminalization of Poverty    Link 1    Link 2

23.  Bussed Out: How American Cities Purchase Bus Tickets to Get Homeless People to Move Out of Their Cities

Unit 8 Topics  

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

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

3.    Biological Connection to Sexual Orientation in the Womb?

4.   Violence Against Transgender Community in the United States 

5.   Homosexuality in Ancient Greece    Link 1    Link  2 

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

12.  Pornography Addiction?         Link 1     Link 2

13.  Sex Tourism     Link 1    Link 2

14.  Why Have Young People in Japan Stopped Having Sex?     Link 1       Link 2

15.  Amnesty International Votes to Decriminalize Prostitution. Is this a Good Idea?    Link 1      Link 2

16.  Social Media “Tinder” and the End of Dating

 17.  The State of Utah Bans All Pornography    Link 1    Link 2

 18.  Sex Robots and Human Society      Link 1     Link 

 

 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   

         

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     Link 2

11.  Rape of Nanking    

      Link 1    Link 2

12.    Gypsies:  A Persecuted Race    Link 1      Link 2   

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   

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     Link 1    Link 2

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

34.  From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer

35.  Hundreds of Police Officers in the US Lose Their Badges Over Sexual Misconduct Each Year

36.  Gender Discrimination in Hollywood     Link  1       Link 2

37.  Five Girls in Pakistan are Killed For Dancing.  But That is Only the Beginning of the Story

38.  Young Girls in Nepal Die While Being Banished to “Menstruation Huts”     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?   Link 1   Link 2 

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?

22.  The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

23.   Is Polyamory For You?   Link 1    Link 2

24.  Should Getting a Divorce Be Harder to Get?      Link 1        Link 2

25.  Why Have the Number of Divorces in the United States Declined?     Link   1    Link  2

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”   Link 1   Link 2   

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

32.  Every Student Succeeds Act    Link 1     Link 2

33.  Impact of Act 10 on Wisconsin Schools 5 Years Later

 34.  U.S. Public Schools Are NOT Failing. They Are Among the Best in the World

35.  Dismal Results From Private Schools Using Vouchers Cause Concern For Researchers      Link 1     Link 2

36.   U.S. Civil Religion  

37.   Understanding Islam  Link 1   Link 2   

38.   Understanding Hinduism       Link 1    Link 2   Link 3 

39.  Understanding Buddhism    Link 1        

40.  Understanding Judaism  Link 1         

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

42.  Podcasting Church Services    Link  1     Link  2   

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

44.  Female Monk Causes a Stir

45.  Madrassas (Radical Islamic Schools)

46.  Angola’s Witchcraft’s Child Victims

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

48.   Treatment of Females by Saudi Arabian Religious Police       Link 1     Link 2   

49.   Women of the Wall

50.  An Overview of Chomsky’s  Media Propaganda Model

51.   How the Media Promotes Ignorance and Shifts Debate

52.   The New Digital Divide   Link 1     Link 2

53.   The Death of the Newspaper Industry   Link 1   Link 2

54.  Will the Internet Replace Television?   Link 1   Link 2

55.   Where Do Young People Get Their News?   Link 1   Link 2   Link 3

56.  How Biased Is The Media?     Link 1       Link 2

57.  Media Violence?   Link 1    Link 2

58.  Gatekeeping in the Media?   Link 1   Link 2

59.  The Outsourcing of Local News

60.  The CIA and the Media

61.  The Use of Propaganda to Maintain Social Control in the United States in the 21st Century

Unit 12 Topics

1.    New Research Suggests Tasers Can Be Lethal

2.   Murder-Suicide in the United States

3.   The Use of False Flag Attacks As a Form of Terrorism

4.   Child Soldiers     Link 1    Link 2

5.   Violence on the Home Front

6.   Biological Evidence of Gulf War Illnesses   Link 1   Link 2

7.  Violence in the International system: Biological Necessity or Social Construct?   Link 1    Link 2

8.  Torture Techniques used in Guantanamo

9.   Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military

10.  Eight Facts About Terrorism in the United States

11.  Who Does the American Government Consider a Domestic Terrorist?   Link 1   Link 2    Link 3

12.  The Problem With War Porn   Link 1     Link 2

13.  Operation Paperclip    Link 1    Link 2

14.  War Makes Us Poor

15.  Shredding the Fourth Amendment in Post-Constitutional America

16.   Martial Law by Executive Order    Link 1    Link 2

17.   Pentagon Preparing for Mass Civil Breakdown

18.   What is Terrorism?    Link 1     Link 2   

 

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