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. 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. The Subculture of Pinterest    Link  1    Link  2
  2. The Incest Taboo      Link 1       Link 2 
  3.    Culture Shock   Link 1    Link 2
  4. The Yanamamo  Tribe of Brazil and Venezuela     Link 1     Link 2
  5. Female Genital Mutilation and Cultural Relativism     Link 1     Link 2
  6.    Hmong Culture   Link 1   Link 2
  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 American and Japan       Link 1   Link 2
  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 and the Culture War    Link 1    Link  2
  21. Religion and the Culture Wars   Link 1     Link 2
  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   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. Socialization and the Home School Student   Link 1    Link 2
  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 

  1. Age Discrimination in Employment

Link 1      Link 2

  1. Do Girls Do As Well As Boys in Math?   Link 1 Link 2    Link 3
  2. Sworn Virgins In Albania  (women taking on the role of men)    Link 1 Link 2
  3. Uniquely Human: The Science of Gender    Link 1 Link 2

 

 

Unit 6 Topics

  1.  What is Terrorism?    Link 1    Link 2
  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       Link 1       Link 2
  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
  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

 

 

 

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     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.  The Criminalization of Poverty   Link 1   Link 2
  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
  18.  The Myth of Gentrification?
  19.  Affluenza: Separate Justice For the Rich?    Link 1  Link 2   Link 3
  20.  Income Gap Translated to a Life-Expectancy Gap

 

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.   Violence Against Transgender Community in the United States
  12.  Pornography Addiction?         Link 1   Link 2
  13. Biological Connection to Sexual Orientation in the Womb?
  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

 

 

Unit 9 Topics

Race and Ethnicity Topics

  1. American Eugenics

Link 1   Link 2 

  1. Racial Bias in Health Care

Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

  1. Ethnic Stereotypes in Television

Link 1     Link 2

  1. Asian Stereotypes

Link 1    Link 2

  1. Ethnic Cleansing

Link 1   Link 2

  1. The Armenian Genocide

Link 1   Link 2

  1. Cambodian Genocide

Link 1   Link 2

  1. Never Again”: How the United States has turned its back on Genocide”
  2. Rwanda Genocide    Link 1   Link 2
  3. Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Link 1     Link 2

  1. Rape of Nanking

Link 1    Link 2

  1. Gypsies:  A Persecuted Race

Link 1 ( contains 4 pages)

  1. pogroms

Link 1    Link 2

  1. Apartheid in South Africa

Link 1    Link 2 

  1. Forced Assimilation of Native Americans

Link 1   Link 2  

  1. Australian Aborigines

Link 1     Link 2     Link 3

  1. How Baseball Exploits the Dominican Republic Link 1     Link 2
  2. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

Link 1     Link 2    Link 3

  1. Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Link 1   Link 2

  1. lynching

Link 1   Link 2

  1. DWB (driving while black)

Link 1   Link 2

  1. Brown v. Board Topeka Education

Link 1    Link 2

  1. Reparations for Slavery in the United States

Link 1      Link 2

  1. Race and the Death Penalty

Link 1        Link 2    Link  3

  1. Police Brutality and Race

Link 1   Link 2

  1. Racial Gerrymandering

Link 1    Link 2 

  1. Japanese internment

Link 1      Link 2

  1. Sand Creek Massacre

Link 1    Link 2

  1. The Affirmative Action Debate

Link 1    Link 2

  1. “White Flight”

Link 1   Link 2 

  1. Prison Drug Gap Between Whites and Blacks
  2. Racial Wealth Gap
  3. The State of Women of Color In the United States

 

Gender Topics

  1. matriarchal society in China?

Link 1     Link 2      Link 3 

  1. women’s suffrage

Link 1   Link 2  

  1. Roe v Wade

Link 1     Link 2 

  1. Women’s Property Rights

Link 1     Link 2    Link 3

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

Link 1     Link 2

  1. Glass Ceiling

Link 1         Link 2

  1. Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Link 1      Link 2        Link 3

  1. date rape

Link 1     Link 2

  1. marital rape

Link 1      Link  2

  1. Rape:  Silent War Against Women in South Africa

Link 1      Link 2

  1. Tribal Council Ordered Gang Rape in Pakistan

Link 1     Link 2

  1. “Comfort Women”

Link 1    Link 2

  1. honor killings

Link 1    Link 2   Link 3

  1. Acid Attacks on Women

Link 1  Link 2 

  1. Bride Kidnappings in Krygyzstan       Link 1 Link 2
  2. sati

Link 1   Link 2    Link 3

  1. dowry deaths

Link 1   Link 2

  1. China’s one child policy

Link 1      Link 2

  1. Female Infanticide

Link 1   Link 2      Link 3

  1. Women Bear the Brunt of Violence During War     Link 1    Link 2
  2. Self-Immolation Seen as Only Escape For Women
  3. Pakistan Rape Reform Fails
  4.  The Rape, Assault and Harassment of Women in the Military   Link 1 Link 2
  5. Women in Afghanistan  (suicide, forced to marry rapist, etc…)   Link 1  Link 2
  6. Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Native American Women From Sexual Violence in the United States
  7. Foreign Domestic Workers Raped in Saudi Arabia
  8. The Longest War is the One Against Women
  9. Feminism’s Long March
  10. Why Has Humanity Always Fantasized About the Capture and Rape of Women?
  11.   Women Killed As Witches: Yesterday and Today    Link 1 Link 2
  12. Sexism and Online Gaming     Link 1    Link 2
  13. Why Scandinavian Women Make the Rest of the World Jealous
  14. Should Women Be Paid Less So They Can Find a Husband?     Link 1 Link 2
  15.  From Cradle to Cane: The Cost of Being a Female Consumer
  16.  Hundreds of Police Officers in the US Lose Their Badges Over Sexual Misconduct Each Year
  17.  Gender Discrimination in Hollywood     Link  1     Link 2

 

Unit 10 Topics

  1. 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

 

 

Unit 11 Topics

 

  1. The Hidden Curriculum   Link 1 Link 2
  2. The Pro’s and Con’s of Tracking    Link  1 Link  2
  3. The Pro’s and Con’s of School Prayer  Link 1   Link  2
  4. Indicators of School Crime and Safety
  5. Boys Falling Behind Girls in Many Areas of Education
  6. Will Smaller Schools Will Make the Difference?
  7. Charter Schools      Link 1 Link 2 
  8. Open Enrollment in Schools
  9. School Uniform Debate  Link  1    Link  2
  10. The Battle Over Bilingual Education   Link 1 Link 2
  11. How Do U.S. Students Compare?
  12. Achievement Gaps Growing Between Successful and Unsuccessful Schools
  13. Study Finds Voucher Schools Achieve at the Same Level as Public Schools
  14.  Public Schools and Teacher Turnover  Link 1 Link  2
  15. Colleges Wary of “Helicopter Parents”
  16. Women’s Ranks Rise at Colleges
  17. Segregation in U.S. Schools Rising
  18. Program Encourages Girls To Pursue Engineering Fields
  19. Grade Inflation at US Colleges   Link 1 Link 2
  20. Myths About the Problems of US Schools
  21. The School to Prison Pipeline: Education Under Arrest
  22. What is so Great About Education in Finland?
  23. Credentialism:  Is a Master’s the New Bachelor’s?
  24. Do Market Orientated Educational Reforms Work?
  25. Ripping Off Young Americans: The College-Loan Scandal
  26. Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers With Phantom Students and Failing Grades
  27. National Movement Against Standardized Testing for K-12 Students   Link 1 Link 2
  28. Behind the School Closure Movement
  29. Pro’s and Con’s of the Common Core Standards    Link 1 Link 2
  30.  Every Student Succeeds Act    Link 1     Link 2

 

Unit 12 Topics

  1. U.S. Civil Religion
  2. Understanding Islam  Link 1Link 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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