Kaldor's Intro to Sociology Spring 2014

About this class

Students review important journalism and social science research on issues they care about.

Students in SUNY Brockport's SOC 100 will also respond to posts from students at Champlain College St. Lambert and College of Westchester.

SUNY Brockport
by Oamegbo1 on April 14, 2014
Stop and Frisk has become a major problem for minorities in New York City. Though enacted for all people , Minorities both black and Hispanic have become the main prey for police officers and the article “Stop and Frisk City” by Kaitlyn Fallon seeks to elaborate on the racial profiling and violations that are encountered by black and Hispanic youths in the city along with the changes in the stop and frisk method carried out by the police

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SUNY Brockport
by scase3 on April 14, 2014
Many western countries are facing the problem of an increasing divorce rate.  This is unfortunate but it brings about other problems as well.  One of these problems is the effect of joint custody on children.  This means that children are being raised by both parents separately in short periods of time throughout their adolescent years.  A study was done to measure the psychological wellbeing of adolescents through the Leuvens Adolescents and Families Project (LAGO) where 1800 children under joint custody were interviewed each year.  There were many results to this depending on how the cust

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SUNY Brockport
by hstri1 on April 14, 2014
Have you met Molly?  

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SUNY Brockport
by omart1 on April 14, 2014
Domestic violence is a topic that is actually quite secretive. Most people keep their experiences of domestic violence to themselves, mainly out of fear. Contrary to popular belief, violence in a relationship does not only happen to females. According to Amy E. Bonomi et. al., past studies have concurred that a high rate of domestic violence happens to females and males (2012). 44% to 88% of females and 36% of males have reported dating violence.

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SUNY Brockport
by cwind2 on April 14, 2014
What happens when mom and dad don’t work out, another man moves in the picture, and suddenly you have more siblings that aren’t quite fully your sibling? This article focuses on how the new offspring affect the relationship of already existing children.

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SUNY Brockport
by rsmit18 on April 14, 2014
Are video games really that bad?

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SUNY Brockport
by bstre3 on April 14, 2014
There are certain topics that most people don’t enjoy talking about, or even thinking about for that matter. One of these subjects pertains to the issue of sex trafficking, especially sex trafficking of minors. In her article “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in the United States,” Kimberly Kotrla covers the meaning and frequency of sex trafficking within our very own country’s borders.

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SUNY Brockport
by hmark2 on April 14, 2014
Parents are working more hours than ever before; though rudimentary analysis suggests that parents have not allowed those away hours to impact the amount of time that they spend with their children, there is little tangible measure of the quality of that time and/or data speaking to the long-term implications of modern day stressors upon children.

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SUNY Brockport
by bfost1 on April 14, 2014
Have you ever seen a guy that you know controlling their girlfriend to a point that completely changes the girl into someone you don’t know anymore? The girl is usually skeptical to do certain things, or they may appear to be lacking their usual independence. This type of control that destroys women is called coercive control.

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SUNY Brockport
by nprin1 on April 14, 2014
Home is where the Heart is

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SUNY Brockport
by jkorm1@brockport.edu on April 14, 2014
Female genital mutilation is something that is not quite understood in the United States. It is not talked about, it is not taught, and people are unaware of just how often it is being done. The argument from those who support female genital mutilation is that it is part of their cultural, social, or family beliefs. These people do not care about the physical and psychological effects of this practice.

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SUNY Brockport
by Sgass2 on April 14, 2014
Work Hard, Play Hard  

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SUNY Brockport
by raisakennedy on April 14, 2014
Raisa Kennedy Professor Kaldor Sociology 100 April 14, 2014                         Consequences of risky behavior among college students

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by alexiac321 on April 14, 2014
                                                                                          The Parental Gap

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SUNY Brockport
by mwall2 on April 14, 2014
             The recent qualitative studies “Hip-Hop to Prevent Substance Use and HIV among African-American Youth: A Preliminary investigation”, have illustrated how hip-hop can be very influential to the African-American, middle school children in metropolitan areas in the northeast of the United States to impede “substance use and HIV risk behaviors”(Turner-Musa Et Al. pg.

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SUNY Brockport
by tstep3 on April 14, 2014
The teaching of religion is schools has been a heavily debated topic. Is it fair to include in the curriculum? Is it fair to ignore completely in schools? The pros and cons of religion in schools are discussed in the article and both sides of the argument are presented. Either way someone will be upset with the choices and outcomes but this controversial issue can't be avoided.

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SUNY Brockport
by tdong1 on April 14, 2014
I found an article Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs? (Jaison R. Abel and colleagues., 2014), which did a great job on discussing issues about unemployment and underemployment of people who do or do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and have recently graduated or not, and formatted figures based on data of different way to look into the question.

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SUNY Brockport
by acerv1 on April 14, 2014
The vast majority of high school students graduating and attending college to earn a bachelor’s degree has increased considerably in the last 10 years. Though this might sound like a good thing, major companies have also been expanded their qualifications, making it harder for undergraduates to obtain a job because they don’t have a much higher level of education...

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SUNY Brockport
by ashoe1 on April 14, 2014
Pamela R. Bennett and Andrew J. Cherlin both from Johns Hopkins University used data from the Three-City studies and the U.S. census to follow 1,059 low-income women from 1999 to 2005. They tracked the types of neighborhoods they lived in and how it affected women on welfare as well as the neighborhoods they lived in after welfare ran off. They tried to see if women that lived in better communities could become more self-sufficient.

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SUNY Brockport
by ccole3 on April 14, 2014
For many years, there has been debate over which type of sexual education is more effective and which should be taught in schools to the world’s adolescence. The debate is focused on whether abstinence-only or comprehensive sex-education should be taught in school curriculum.

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6 years 6 months ago

Stepping in Starbucks shoes, I feel that this is a very smart idea. A lot of costumers are college students who like to study as well as drink alcohol, so having beer and wine will increase sales. Being a college student I see the other side to it where as it could potentially get very annoying trying to do work in a bar-like atmosphere. My mom is in love with coffee and when I was younger we would always top at random coffee shops and the atmosphere was amazing, I feel like adding alcohol to start bucks will have an opposite atmosphere due to people being drunk.

6 years 6 months ago

I couldn't agree more, kids these days are playing way too much video games. My mom was very strict with how long I could play video games when I was younger and I am very thankful for that. I feel that video games effect young kids more than college kids, because young kids' brains are still developing and by the time they are at college their brain is basically developed to its full potential. The only effect I think video games would have on college kids is just it being a distraction, which is an easy fix just get the game out of your life while at school.

6 years 6 months ago

I never gave too much thought about homelessness and drugs, but there seems to be some sort of correlation. I know in most TV shows or movies, they will show a homeless man as either a drunk or a addict of some kind. I never knew for sure, but I could always guess that being homeless would raise the likelihood of taking drugs. Being homeless would be extremely tough and depressing, so it is no surprise that more homeless people turn to drugs for help. Drugs gets them out of reality and it allows them to feel like the world isn't depressing for them. Then once their high ends, all they want to do is get back to their paradise. I agree that taking drugs won't make you homeless, but if you are homeless you are more inclined to take drugs.

6 years 6 months ago

I can relate a lot while reading this because studying has never come easy to me. After reading this I may try a few new things. I usually thought studying is just making flash cards and sitting there being bored out of your mind. I never was forced to sit down straight after school to do homework so I don't know what it is like. From my experience, I did best on my homework after I relaxed from school. This relaxing included stuffing my face with any foods, Exercising outside, and sitting down for a bit. That is when I would usually did my homework and it was an okay system. I do wish I had a higher drive to study, but I just never found that I needed to. I am still waiting for my rude awakening in college, but until then I will be trying to improve my studying habits.

6 years 6 months ago

As a college student, I could not agree more that studying habits vary per person. Personally, I do not study as often as I should to really know what works best for me. I procrastinate and am usually all over the place when I finally get around to studying. In my high school days, studying was not really an option for me because I would have school, then sports practice right after and by the time I got home, I would be way too tired to accomplish any work. This would occur every day, so work would keep getting pushed back and build up on me. And because of my schedule, the end result would always be cramming not only the night before, but also minutes before a test. My parents being busy people themselves also knew what I was going through and were able to provide a lot of advice for studying. They kept on me about having a planner which made life so much easier for studying and just managing my schedule as a whole. I really enjoyed the article and it makes me feel good that someone else can share in the struggle of study habits with me.

6 years 6 months ago

Tasiags
A first for Canada!
Newsactivist winter 2014 class

For anyone to abuse anyone doesn’t make sense to me especially to abuse the elderly and children. Abuse can be displayed in any form such as mentally, physically, verbally, and emotionally. An individual to take upon such an action is ignorant and belong in a mental hospital to receive some help. My great-grandma went into a nursing home eventually as she got older and more ill. I believe there are people who worked there and abuse the elderly there because they are mentally sick. The reason I came to believe this because of people who I knew that worked in that field had many stories related to this topic. The elderly are usually put here by family to get rid of them but for my great-grandma that wasn’t the case. This probably promotes workers to think its fine to do this because it makes it easy for them to get away with it. This is an issue that needs more awareness because the elderly are still human beings. Just because they are in a nurse home doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent, healthy, or understand what is taking place. If I ever found this happen to someone I love I would be angry. This is my reason to never put a love one in a nursing home. More assistance to prevent this from happening is needed and justice is needed for all the elderly.

6 years 6 months ago

You’ve made some good points in this article. You also provided me with more information about the studying habits. I’ve noticed that it’s extremely hard to concentrate when I try to do work right after class. Next time I’ll try exercising beforehand to see if it changes the way I focus while doing work. I also noticed that it is really important to find a good studying area. I love being in a quite area where there is a minimum amount of people. Yes, studying and doing homework is super boring, that’s way I need to be away from people while I do my work or else I’ll be paying attention to my friends rather than my work. I really enjoyed reading this article because it provided me with a new insight on how to prepare to do my work. This article also provided me with new and helpful information that I can pass on to my friends and others if they are having the same issues as I do when I need to study.

6 years 6 months ago

Christina Leonardo
Destructive decisions on the road
Kaldor’s Intro to Sociology

From what I have learned from my personal teacher who is close to me, my five hour hours session, and common sense is to pay attention to others to avoid accidents. I am a licensed driver and I was taught by an excellent driver. Everyone must learn that driving is a privilege and never to be reckless. Drinking drunk is irresponsible and it is dangerous to everyone in its path. Driving is already dangerous on its own without drunk drivers because accidents occur all the time. It is never wise to drive and try to multitask with anything else. I am honored to be able to drive and everyone who drives should feel the same. I get irate when other drivers who are around me don’t drive and safe and consider other individuals’ lives. I’ve been close to being in an accident by other drivers making destructive decisions. When this occurs, it scares me to death because everything could drastically change in a rapid pace. In high school, I was on the committee for Students Against Destructive Decisions because I was so eager to drive and I have great passion for responsible people to be the only ones to drive. Driving can easily turn into a life & death situation in no time. People making reckless decision could ruin lives of all who are involved.

6 years 6 months ago

This particular article caught my attention right away because it’s always been a pet-peeve of mine when people shove their beliefs down the throats of others; whether it be on a religious matter or something totally unrelated like sports, for example. Especially recently, I’ve had a strong dislike for people who do those kind of things and don’t let their peers practice whatever. Anyways, your article was well researched and well written! I really liked how you focus predominantly on the parent-child relationship as I think that’s a significant topic of concern. I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to have parents who have never been forceful and have let me pave my own way in regards to mostly everything, including religion. However, I have infact been witness to accounts where parents are overbearing and force certain tactics and beliefs on their kids; leading those kids to be disobedient later on. I think that some parents get so overly consumed with the thought of molding their children into exactly what they want them to be that it gets to the point where, once these kids reach an age where they can think and act for themselves, they resent this oppressiveness and justly rebel against it.

6 years 6 months ago

This is a tough topic for me to take a specific stance on. On one hand, as a parent, you don’t want your children to develop lazy or “bad” study habits in their upbringings but, on the other hand, you also wouldn’t want to hound them and force things upon them as it is crucial that they become free thinking adults and learn to figure things out on their own. I guess I would have to say that a happy-medium must be reached in order for good things to come about here. I think my parents did everything right as, in my own experiences, they never hounded me about doing my homework at specific times or anything like that but they were successful in stressing the sheer importance of doing well in school. My Dad would always tell me how school is my job and I should treat it like one. This allowed me to develop the drive that I have today even though my parents were not at all oppressive and were quite laissez-faire when it came to my in-school performance through the years. Anyways, I really liked your post and everything you did with it! Hopefully we can all find that happy-medium when we’re parents someday!

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