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The term paper is an analytical argumentative paper in which you discuss a topic or
theme from one of the texts on our syllabus. This paper must be at least six full pages long. Make
sure you cite extensively from the primary text and that you explain your quotes, that you give a
reading of them. Incorporate quotations from two journal articles, to support your argument.
Dont use electronic sources, with the exception of articles accessed through the librarys
databases JSTOR and LION. No websites, no matter how pretty they look or how handy they
were. I need you to use reliable material, and with many websites its just really hard to judge
that. Using the librarys databases is not as hard as you may think, and well talk about how to do
In this term paper you will delve into a theme in one of our textslook at how a single
issue (love, gender, loyalty, food, hair, race, etc.) is treated and valued. Make sure you cite
extensively from your primary text and that you introduce and explain any quotes from primary
and secondary sources. Please submit a draft of the term paper by the date indicated on the
reading schedule. If you dont, theres a grade deduction of ten pointsthat may sound harsh but
this is the kind of assignment that you just have to start early, and its worth 20% of the final
grade. I will post a set of guidelines on Blackboard; for now let me just say Im looking for
MLA-style formatting, 1″ margins, 12-pt font.

Books we have read

Gilgamesh, xi-95
Sophocles, Oedipus the King, 129-251
Sophocles, Antigone, 35-128
Virgil, Aeneid
Marie de France, Lais, ix-85
Chaucer, General Prologue and The Knights Tale (xi-79)
Chaucer, The Millers Tale (79-99)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Dante, Inferno,
Shakespeare, Othello

Questions & Answers

Each of the 4 questions (or group of questions) addresses a theme in the readings for this lecture.  Please write a paragraph or two on each of the themes.  You dont have to address every little question I raise or point I bring up.  I want to see your thoughts, opinions, and responses to the readings as they pertain to these 4 themes and issues.  Please refer to the specific authors or articles.

1.    How does social cohesion and social behavior affect the spread, control, and prevention of infection? Ed young describes this patchwork is psychologically perilous.  Why is this so?  How do our notions of ingroups and outgroups affect our behavior in a pandemic? What about norms and social learning and behavior as they relate to our sense of responsibility to the community / collective?  How does human travel and the structure of cities factor into the spread of infection and social cohesion? What about the complex systems that Debora Mackenzie describes? 

2.    What is the role of Government (Federal, State, and Local) during an outbreak, epidemic or pandemic, as it pertains to protecting the individuals, protecting the nation as a whole, and preserving individual rights?  Consider Michael Shears article in the New York Times and Ed Youngs analysis of how a virus defeated America.  How did the U.S. Government prepare and react to the growing pandemic?  Some themes to consider (You only need to write a paragraph on one of these!):
    Preparedness / Surveillance
    Financial investment in health systems/research/preparedness (What is the enough / too much to spend?)
    Risk assessment (How well do individuals assess risk? Should government scientist assess risk for people?)
o    Orders/Mandates vs recommendations/nudge
o    Warnings when should government sound the warning (and at what cost, financial/economic vs safety)
o    Cassandra Curse  when one individuals identify a potential hazard, how can they  make themselves heard and how can we listen better

3.    How do American cultural beliefs of Individualism and Collectivism (and the polarization of the two) affect the publics preparedness and response to the pandemic? What is Ed Youngs take on this issue and how it related to the pandemic?  What do you think of his assessment and reasoning?  What to you think about Ed Youngs assessment of Donald Trump?  How is this a reflection of us (America)?  What role does capitalism play?  Is American capitalism culturally different from that in other countries, and, if so, how?

4.    How have fundamental inequities and social determinants of health worsened this pandemic?  What is our responsibility (as citizens and as Public Health officials) to make a more equitable society?  For example, consider inequities and health disparities related to race and ethnicity, gender, age, wealth/poverty, zip code, type of work/employment. What affect do these inequities and disparities have on the health and well-being of the population as a whole? Think back to Dr. Beverlys lecture and the video we watched for that class. Relate that material to what you learned from the Covid readings.

1- Michael D. Shear, Abby Goodnough, Sheila Kaplan, Sheri Fink, Katie Thomas, and Noah Weiland, The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19, New York Times, March 28, 2020. See:

2-Jennifer Kahn, How Scientists Could Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Starts, New York Times April 20th, 2020 See:

3-Ed Yong, Americas Patchwork Pandemic is Fraying Even Further, The Atlantic, May 20, 2020 See:
4-Yasmeen Serhan, Vilnius Shows How the Pandemic is Already Remaking Cities, The Atlantic, June 9th, 2020 See:

5-Ed Yong, How the Pandemic Defeated America, The Atlantic, September 2020 See:
Book: Debora MacKenzie, Covid 19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One (New York: Hachette Book Group, 2020) ISBN# : 978-0306924231

Technical writing

Describe an example of technical writing that you have recently written or encountered at work, home, or school. Describe the characteristics that identify it as technical writing.
Using the example that you identified from regard to its target audience, the purpose of the writing, and the resources overall tone.
Comment on the degree to which the resource is relevant to its apparent target audience and purpose.
Cite textual evidence to support your analysis and commentary.

Any topic (writer’s choice)

Your team will be submitting a fully articulated Code of Conduct (you are encouraged to locate examples of Codes of Conduct, in addition to other research necessary to complete this task.)  Your team will also be required to write a one-page rationale, at the beginning of the paper, explaining what components you decided to include, as well as what you decided to leave out and why.  Consider including Ethical Principles and Core Values, Decision Making and the Code of Conduct, Reporting/ Speaking Up, No Retaliation, Equal opportunity, Harassment, Bullying, Conflicts of Interest, Confidentiality and Privacy, Information Technology, and Internet Use, Use of Social Media, etc.Your team will also be required to write a one-page rationale, at the beginning of the paper, explaining what components you decided to include, as well as what you decided to leave out and why. It will be important for someone in your group to capture these decisions/negotiations as the group works together.
Papers will be assessed on the following criteria:

Rationale gives the reader a comprehensive overview of the choices made by the group.
Rationale provides evidence of the group process, illustrating how decisions were negotiated.
References cited in this part add strength to the overall choices made by the group.
Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct is comprehensive in nature and all parts are well articulated.
There is evidence in creativity in thought pertaining to how the Code is constructed.
There is a clear relationship between the Code of Conduct and the organization.
References cited strengthen the overall material presented.
Organization & Clarity
Ideas are presented logically and support the overall purpose of the paper.
Paper flows smoothly and ideas are clearly linked to one another.
Documentation and Grammar
Research sources are used to support ideas and add value to the overall presentation.
Paper is professionally written, free of spelling and grammatical errors.
References are properly cited using APA format.

mired opening

Please watch the attached scene carefully. I suggest you watch it at least twice. Pick one shot from the scene. Tell me which shot number it is in the scene. Then describe in as much detail as possible the mise-en-scene and cinematography for that shot (in point form is fine). Finally, tell me why this is an important moment in the film. Don’t forget to tell me who this is.

Abnormal Psych

Andrew is a 5 year old boy who was referred to the school psychologist by his teacher. According to Andrews teacher, Andrew is significantly behind the other kindergarten students in his verbal abilities. His teacher reports that when she tries to engage him in discussion, he makes no attempt to listen to her or to respond to her questions. She had looked into his hearing test results, but there was no indication of any auditory problems.
Andrews teacher reported that he has no friends in the class, despite the fact that other children have attempted to connect with him. When Andrew first comes in the classroom each morning, he remains at his cubby playing with the zipper on his jacket long after the other students have roamed to the other part to the classroom for play activities.
Andrew does seem interested during the time of day when the students take out musical instruments and are permitted to play them as they wish. Andrew always chooses cymbals, and bangs them together as loudly as possible and repeatedly during the duration of music.
During recess, Andrew does not play with the other students on the playground, but either lays by himself in the grass or hangs upside down from a tree branch.   
Andrews parents do not seem concerned by his behavior, believing that he will grow out of it. His mother is pregnant and is expecting a child in three months.
Andrew has had ear infections as a child, and his parents report no other medical problems.

1. Based on your understanding of abnormal psychology, propose a  DSM diagnosis for Andrew.
2. Provide three pieces of clinical information to support your diagnosis.
3. What is the concern regarding Andrews mothers pregnancy? Why?

do not need to use or cite sources

Personality Disorders

Pedro is a  20 year old male who was referred for counseling by his concerned mother. Pedro’s mother accompanied him to his first sesion to explain some of her concerns. According to his mother, Pedro is very withdrawn and rarely spends time with other people. She had hoped that beginning college would have been a fresh start for Pedro and that he would have developed a group of friends at his new school. Pedro’s mother became increasingly concerned about him when he recently stated that he wants to drop out of school and return home. When Pedro was given the opportunity in the therapy session to explain his perspective, he took a deep shaky breath before speaking. Pedro stated that he has been thinking about dropping out of school because he cannot bear being around other people. He said that he can remember feeling this way as a preadolescent but recognized that the situation had considerably worsened during his teenage years. Pedro explained that when around others he becomes preoccupied with fears that they are thinking negative thoughts about him. He notices constantly worrying that others are thinking he is a “loser” or that he is boring, and finds it terribly uncomfortable to be in social situations because of this. He rarely initiates conversations with others, believing that they will think that he is boring or unintelligent. Pedro stated that days may pass at college without him speaking to anyone at all. Recently, Pedro dropped one of his classes because the class required a group project and an oral presentation, which Pedro felt unable to do due to the social interaction involved. As a result of ongoing anxiety since beginning college, Pedro has developed an ulcer.

1. Based on your understanding of abnormal psychology, propose a diagnosis for Pedro.

2. Provide three pieces of clinical information to support your diagnosis. 

do not need to use or cite sources
clear, simple language

Abnormal Psych

Jacob is a 16 year old high school student who was referred to the school counselor due to repeated behavioral problems at school. Jacob has a reputation among the employees at his high school for being “trouble”.  Jacob frequently gets into conflicts with his teachers, often resulting in school suspensions. He has been kicked off the school football team due to recurrent arguments with his coach, which had escalated into a physical conflict.

Jacob’s mother had attended one of the therapy sessions, at the request of the school counselor. During that session, Jacob was antagonistic towards both the counselor and his mother. The counselor noted that Jacob repeatedly resisted his mother’s efforts to make suggestions to him. When the school counselor suggested that Jacob have a psychological evaluation, his mother sighed, and explained that they had tried that before, and when Jacob became antagonistic with the psychiatrist, he was asked to leave. His mother resignedly said “these situations seem to happen all of the time with Jacob”.

1. Based on your understanding of abnormal psychology, propose a psychological diagnosis for Jacob.
2. Provide three pieces of clinical information to support your diagnosis.

do not need to use or cite sources
clear, simple language

RAP 4: Civilization and Its Discontents

Reading Analysis Papers (RAP): Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

RAPs are to be composed of two parts in general (creativeness is encouraged.): A) A summary of the assigned readings/textbooks, their storylines, themes, thesis or arguments, etc; B) Your critique, critical analysis, opinions, and connections with the class themes, articulation of your own experience and values.

Texas Government

Do you think political parties serve an important function in Texas?  Why?  What are some of the barriers to third parties in Texas?  Do you think Texas should make it easier for minor parties to gain political power?  Why or why not?  What changes would you make in order to improve the visibility and power of minor parties in Texas?

How are state judges selected in Texas?  Discuss two different methods used in other states for selecting judges. What are the arguments for each of the selection methods you discussed?  Do you think that judges should be elected or appointed?  Explain your reasoning.  How informed do you think the public is about judicial elections and judicial candidates?  If you were voting for a judge, would you research the candidates and their qualifications or would you vote based on party affiliation?

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