Kaldor’s Intro to Sociology Fall 2012

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This course exposes students to the many subfields of sociology and the key concepts and theories that connect the incredibly disparate topics of social research. This course takes a particularly global perspective meant to help US students think about their place in a rapidly changing world. In their blogs, students reflect on what matters to them in the world and how to use sociological frameworks to derive new perspectives and insights.

SUNY Brockport
by Keegan B on December 6, 2012
Do you really believe that taking Adderall is affecting the society? Adderall boosts concentration, which helps you get better test grades or increase your overall average. Studies show that 7% of students use Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs, such as Adderall or Ritalin. Someone that takes Adderall won’t have any different side-effects than a person that needs the pill because it’s a central nervous system stimulant.               

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SUNY Brockport
by Carlin C on December 6, 2012
Since the 1970’s, fast-food restaurants have become the new way to eat. In our busy, New York minute lifestyle,  people do not have time to cook themselves a good meal, sit down at dinner with their family, or go to a good quality restaurant. So, people rely on fast food places for a quick meal. Most Americans that eat at these fast-food places though cannot help it. Whether it be because they are too busy at work, too poor to have a genuine family meal every night or because a mother of three cannot find the time to cook for her kids, people just don’t have the time to eat a healthy meal.

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SUNY Brockport
by Karianne P on December 5, 2012
Drug Testing for Welfare               With economic struggles and social crisis on the rise, welfare has become a very demanding and controversial topic of discussion. Within the past year, many states have already made or are looking to make passing a drug test a requirement for welfare recipients. The reason for this is because government officials do not want their hard working citizens’ tax dollars to go towards the use of illegal drugs. Rather, they want those receiving financial aid to use that money appropriately.

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SUNY Brockport
by Tyler L on December 4, 2012
Over-Paid Professional Athletes?  

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5 years 9 months ago

You're right Hooking up doesn't have just one definition. The term itself has evolved over time. I believe the older the age group using the term is, the more sexual the term becomes. When I was in middle school hooking up was just kissing another person or just another word for dating. However now that I'm older I mainly hear the term used as a substitute for one night stands or just having sex. I found it interesting that a study was done on how adolescents felt after "hooking up." I would never think of a research being done on such a topic. I found it also interesting that the percentage of those who regretted it or didn't enjoy it was so high up. I believe that the reasons for the regret percentage is so high is probably due to the person(s) doing the hooking up wasn't sober or in a clear state of mind. What other factors could be the reason for them regretting their "hook up"?

5 years 9 months ago

I don’t think that any individuals should lose their lives in the process of building the 2022 FIFA world cup championship and other infrastructure for the event. I understand that the sport is entertainment but is entertainment worth more than a life? In this case more than over 700 lives? I found this ridiculous that this is even allowed to continue. I couldn’t agree more with you, the FIFA world cup should be boycotted. If over 700 lives were lost building this as of now how many lives will be loss as of 2022? It shouldn’t be okay or allowed. Also what about the judgment of those that’s not speaking against this? I believe this story should be everywhere (maybe it is and I just don’t know). As feedback I think one way that you can answer some of the readers’ questions would be to include some of the ways the workers or dying. I would like to know this information

5 years 9 months ago

This blog post interested me mainly because I cannot imagine it ever being legal for people to work in such unsafe conditions. In this day and age it is almost impossible for most Americans to imagine having to worry about the safety of their work environment. Although there are careers that are made for the very adventurous dare devil types, the majority of people work in normal everyday jobs and do not ever have to be concerned with risking their lives on a daily basis. This report that you wrote about Bangladesh does, however, remind me of a time in American history when it was not uncommon for there to be no real laws when it came to safety in the work place. During the Industrial Revolution, there were many stories of fires and dangers of working in the textile industry that remind me of what is happening in Bangladesh today. I hope that they will also be able to work out these problems before others are injured or dead and that they too will be able to rise above this and become a great power someday as well.

5 years 9 months ago

The USA was in the right to kill the Taliban leader, but it was bad timing. This article seems truly interesting. Great choice. It is a different kind then I am used to. You explained it so simply. I have heard of the USA doing many things as this in other events like the Vietnam war. America needs to look before they act.

5 years 9 months ago

I totally agree. People have been hooking up for centuries. No matter the name for it, it is still hooking up. I have had the same experience before with a guy. I was not happy with the results. This is a unique and interesting look into todays society. I never would have thought that such research was every thought of. It was a good idea it was done though. Great job.

5 years 9 months ago

I agree you cant just tell kids no it doesnt work. When they hear no they ask "why?" But I will try to carry on with the topic by including teen mom and 16 and pregnant.

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5 years 9 months ago

Education is key. It is overwhelming to think about fifteen year old girls getting married and pregnant. The sad part is that they will never get to experience independence and life on their own. I’m interested in knowing what made the UN interfere and what measures will they take to cease this problem of these men utilizing these women into marriage and pregnancy. This was an extremely interesting article, it is sad to think about the struggles that women went through in the past to have a voice and rights, but there is still an ongoing problem with equality between men and women in certain parts of the world. I would love to read more about this topic and I hope to read more of your posts.

5 years 9 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your views on homelessness. I also explored this topic; I noticed that the public mostly seems to judge and place the homeless in a category such as worthless and living off the government’s money. It’s hard to know the measures that were taken for an individual to go so downhill in life and end up living on the streets. I would love to see more data or information from the research study. I 100% agree with your opinion on this topic, the public needs to be aware and lend a helping hand at times. It not only benefits the individual in need but it gives a sense of self for the giver that they are doing something good in this world. I hope to read more from you in the future.

5 years 10 months ago

Amazing title for your post! It instantly grabbed my attention to come and read your article. I found your article rather intriguing. I agree that it’s going to take a while before poverty will no longer exist. Especially with the way the economy is going. You stated a lot of good examples of causes of poverty but there are more than what you listed. I was born and raised in NYC and trust me when I say there is a high level of poverty there. There are homeless people literally everywhere you go. From the corners of streets to sleeping on the bus or train, there were homeless people literally everywhere. I think that it will take a long time for poverty to end because although the government talks about poverty a lot I don’t think they actually care for it really. They talk about all this action they will do but I never see it happen. I don’t know that’s just my perspective. However, I would love to see the end of poverty especially if by a year like 2030.

5 years 10 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your blog it had a lot of facts in it and a lot of good points. It’s sad that there are a lot of abusive relationships going on in the United States. I find those who are capable of packing everything up and leaving their abusive partner some of the strongest people ever. The crazy part is that there are some people who don’t leave the abusive relationship; instead they stay and wait “for it to get better.” Little that they know it won’t get better if they stay in that relationship. I applaud the battered women though. It takes a lot of strength to get up and leave a relationship. I definitely applaud Tameika for her ability to leave her 9 year long relationship. Like you said the road after leaving an abusive relationship isn’t easy but it’s good to know that there are people strong enough to know when enough is enough and they are strong enough to move on.

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