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Course Assignments

 

 

This page is to help students in completing and turning in assignments.  The list of oral presentation topics are below.

 

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.

First Oral/Written  Presentation Topic

Unit 2 Topics

1 Getting  Back to the Real Constitution?

2.  Wealth, Income, and Power in America

3.   Do We Live in a Surveillance State?     Link  1    Link 2

4.  Interlocking Directorates in the Corporate Community

5.   The State of Corporate Power     Link 1    Link 2

6.  Reelection Rates for Incumbent Members of Congress  Link 1 Link 2  Link 3 

7.   Modern Monarchies     Link 1       Link 2

8.    Divine Right of Kings     Link 1   Link 2

9.    American Theocracy?

10.   Inverted Totalitarianism

11.   Have Oligarchs Taken Over America?

12.   The Two Party System in American Politics     Link 1  

13.    Third Party Influence in 2012 Election?    Link 1   Link 2   Link 3

14.  Does the United States Need Proportional Representation?  Link 1  Link 2

15.   Do Lobbyists Have Too Much Power?    Link 1   Link 2

16.  The Role of Super Pacs in U.S. Elections    Link 1    Link 2    Link 3

17.  Is the Electoral College Obsolete?   Link 1    Link 2

18.  Presidential Elections and the Politics of the Super Rich

19.  Do Liberals and conservatives Have Different Brains?    Link 1   Link 2

20  Research Shows "Scant" Evidence of Voter Fraud

21.  How Both Major Political Parties Agree and Work Together On Many Issues

 

 

 

Unit 3 Topics

1.  An Overview of Chomsky's  Media Propaganda Model

2.   How the Media Promotes Ignorance and Shifts Debate

3.   The New Digital Divide   Link 1     Link 2

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

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

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

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

8.  Media Violence?   Link 1    Link 2

9.  Gatekeeping in the Media?   Link 1   Link 2

10.  The Outsourcing of Local News

11.  The CIA and the Media

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

 

 

Unit 4 Topics

1.    Dismantling of the School to Prison Pipeline

2.   The Real Price of Prisons    Link 1    Link  2

3.    Cracking Down on Corporate Crime 

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

5.    Women in the Prison System

6.   More money for prison rehab means more savings for taxpayers

7 Females and Gangs:  Sexual Violence, Prostitution, and Exploitation

8.   How America's Death Penalty Murders Innocents

9.   Female Prisoners in U.S. Shackled While Giving Birth   Link 1   Link 2

10.    DWB (driving while black)     Link 1    Link 2

11.    Are Blacks Stopped More Often by Police?

12.  A Question of Justice (Black defendant, white judge, jury, white prosecutor)

13.   Racial Gap Found in Traffic Stops in Milwaukee 

14.   The Police as An Agent of Social Order 

15.  Boxed in: The True Cost of  Extreme Isolation in New York's Prisons

16.  America's Broken Criminal Justice System

17.   National Police Misconduct Report

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

19.   Prison Life in Norway 

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

21.   The Problem of Rape in American Prisons

 

 

Unit 5 Topics

1.      What is a terrorism?  

2.     Cost of Gun Violence     Link 1    Link  2 

3.    New Research Suggests Tasers Can Be Lethal

4.   Murder-Suicide in the United States

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

6.   Child Soldiers     Link 1    Link 2

7.   Violence on the Home Front

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

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

10.  Torture Techniques used in Guantanamo

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

12.  Eight Facts About Terrorism in the United States

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

14.  The Problem With War Porn   Link 1     Link 2

 

 

 

Unit 6 Topics

1.  Is Alcohol Worse Than Crack Cocaine and Heroin?    Link  1    Link  2

2.   The Connection Between Alcohol and Suicide   Link 1    Link 2

3.   Prohibition of Alcohol in the United States    Link 1   Link 2 

4.   A Brief History of Marijuana Prohibition  Link 1

5.    Marijuana Use Among Teens in the United States     Link 1    Link 2     Link 3

6.   Interest Groups That Want to Keep Marijuana Illegal   Link 1    Link 2

7.   Recent Efforts in the United States to Legalize Marijuana    Link 1   Link 2

8.   Synthetic Marijuana    Link 1    Link 2

9.   The Health Effects of Cocaine Use    Link 1   Link 2   Link 3

10.  Reforming Mandatory Crack Cocaine Sentencing    Link 1    Link 2

11.     Narcotic Use For Chronic Pain Soars Among Seniors

12.   Heroin Use in Wisconsin     Link 1    Link 2

13.    Hillbilly Heroin

14.  The "Meth" Epidemic      Link 1    Link 2

15.   "Bath Salts"    Link 1    Link 2

16.   The Use of OxyContin in American Society    Link 1   Link 2

17.    Prescription Drug Abuse     Link 1   Link 2    Link 3

18.   End the War on Drugs     Link 1     Link 2

19.   Statistics Tell of Failure of the War on Drugs    Link 1   Link 2

20.   Race, Drugs, and Law Enforcement in the United States

21.  The Affect of Legalizing Drugs in Portugal: Ten years Later What Were the Results?

22.     Drug Sentences Worse For Blacks and Hispanics   Link 1      Link 2

23.   Prison Drug Gap Between Whites and Blacks

24   E-cigarettes    Link 1    Link 2

25.  The Social Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana in Colorado   Link 1   Link 2    Link 3

 

 

Unit 7 Topics

1.   Modern Slavery    Link 1       Link  2  

2.   The Untouchables of India   Link  1     Link   2

3.  The Criminalization of Poverty     Link 1     Link 2

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

5 Worker- CEO Pay Gap Widens

6  Poor Haitian's Resort to Eating Dirt  (two pages)

7. How Do Evictions From Homes and Apartments Effect the Poor

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

9 The Horatio Alger Myth and Social Mobility

10.    Sex Tourism     Link 1    Link 2

11.   U.S.  Census Bureau Report on Poverty and Income

12.  It's Time for a Better Poverty Measure

13.  Child Poverty and Its Lasting Consequences

14.  An Introduction to TANF    Link 1      Link 2 

15.  Is Welfare Reform Working? 

16.  India's Rent -a-Womb Business: Surrogate Mothers

17.  The Outsourcing and Privatizing of Social Services for the Poor

18.  Worldwide Inequality and Injustice

 

 

 

Second Oral/Written  Presentation Topic

Unit 8 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.   Racial Wealth Gap

6.  Dismantling of the School to Prison Pipeline

7.     Prison Drug Gap Between Whites and Blacks 

8.   "White Flight"    

           Link 1   Link 2 

9.   The Affirmative Action Debate    

           Link 1    Link 2  

 10.    Sand Creek Massacre   

         Link 1    Link 2  

11.  Japanese internment     

      Link 1      Link 2

12.  Racial Gerrymandering    

          Link 1    Link 2  

13.  Police Brutality and Race   

            Link 1      Link 2  

14.    Race and the Death Penalty    

          Link 1        Link 2    

15. Reparations for Slavery in the United States   

       Link 1       Link 2

 16. Brown v. Board Topeka Education  

      Link 1    Link 2

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

18.  Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments   

      Link 1     Link 2  

19.  Tulsa Race Riot of 1921    

      Link 1   Link 2

20.  lynching    

     Link 1   Link 2

21.  DWB (driving while black)    

      Link 1    Link 2

22.  The New Jim Crow        Link 1   Link 2

 

 

 

Unit 9 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 sports)    

         Link 1     Link 2

6.   Glass Ceiling   

         Link 1         Link 2

7.   Sexual Harassment in the Workplace    

         Link 1    Link 2   

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

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.  Being Denied Health Insurance Because of Being a Woman

28.  The Longest War is the One Against Women

29.  Feminism's Long March

30.   Sexism and Online Gaming

 

 

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.     Are Gay Parents the Best Parents?

11.     Arranged Marriages    Link 1    Link 2    

12.      Tiger Moms: Raising American Kids the Chinese Way     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.    How Come the Media Ignore Workplace Deaths?

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

18.   Age Discrimination in Employment       Link 1      Link 2 

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

 

 

 

Unit 11 Topics

1.  Medicine in 19th Century America     Link 1   Link 2

3.  U.S. Health Care Officially a Mess?    Link 1    Link 2  

4.  Infant Mortality Crisis in Milwaukee    Link 1     Link 2

5.  Minorities Lagging in Length and Quality of Life     Link 1     Link 2

6.  The Pro's and Con's of Obamacare   Link 1    link 2

7.  The Rise of Childhood Obesity     Link 1    Link 2

8.   International Comparison of Health Care Systems

9.  The Case for Single-Payer Health Care    Link 1   Link 2

10.   The Case Against National Health Care   Link 1    Link 2

11.  Lack of Transparency and Accountability in Hospitals    Link 1   Link 2

12.  Life Expectancy for Least Educated Whites Declines in the U.S.

13.  Medical Price Gouging    Link 1   Link 2

 

 

Unit 12 Topics

1.  90 % of Endangered Species Recovering on Time

2.  Environmental Destruction and its Relationship to Disease  Link 1   Link 2

3.  Analysis of World Bank Report on Global Warming

4.  Chemicals in Our Food Supply   Link 1   Link 2

5.  Seven Big Problems For Seven Billion People

6.  Key Finding of the 2012 National Climate Change Assessment Report

7.  Mercury in the Oceans Threatens Global Health