hoose 3 different Subject and write one page of each Subject
a method of reducing crime other than imprisonment, discussed in class
or the text. Explain what it is and give your estimate of how effective
it is and why.
- Pick a theory of crime and/or deviance
discussed in class or the text. What kind of crime or deviance does it
try to explain? Evaluate the theory. Does it do a good job? Why or why
- In class and the text, we discussed four reasons
or rationales for imprisonment (retribution or revenge, rehabilitation,
societal protection or prevention, deterrence). Pick one of them. Do you
think prison does a good job of this? Why or why not? What do you think
could be done to improve the situation for this rationale or
justification or prison?
- Same as Question 3, but pick a different rationale.
divorce a social problem? Why or why nor or to what extent is it a
problem? What can be done to either reduce the divorce rate or to ease
the harmful effects of divorce?
- Is teen pregnancy a
problem? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not? If so, what
should be done to either reduce teen pregnancy (or the problematic part
if you have specified) or to make it less problematic?
single or unwed parenthood a problem (or, if your answer is ‘sometimes’
then under what circumstances)? Why or why not? What should be done to
address this issue?
- To what extent is poverty a problem in the U.S.? What should be done to reduce poverty? Why do we have poor people?
to poverty, unemployment and under-employment are common now in the
U.S. What are some of the main causes of unemployment and
under-employment? What should be done to address this problem?
class we discussed prejudice and discrimination and several ways of
combating it. Pick two of those methods. For each, describe it. For
each, how effective is that method and why?
- In class,
we discussed potential problems with our new communications technology.
Pick two of the problems or potential problems that we discussed that we
discussed. For each, how big a problem do you think this is, what do
you think can be done about it, and what particular communications
technologies or methods is it associated with (for example, facebook,
cell phones, general on-line information, etc.)?
12. In two
of the videos we saw, the speakers were discussing automation and robots
taking over what had traditionally been jobs done by humans. What do
the speakers think will happen to working for a living in the future? Is
this likely to cause any problems? If so, how might those problems be
13. Your text discusses the influence of money in
politics, particularly campaign contributions and financing. We also saw
the video “The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics.” Is the
influence of money from wealthy corporations and individuals
problematic? Why or why not? What can be done to address this issue?