Why are some products more expensive than others even though they contain the same amount of active ingredient?

     visit two different drug stores and conduct a comparison of two products in the same category (e.g., weight loss pills, cough syrup, dietary supplements, wrinkle remover, etc. In addition, conduct a brief interview with ONE pharmacist from EACH store using a pre-determined set of questions. Following the product comparison and pharmacist interview, a 3-4 page in-depth written report based on information gathered during the visits is required.  The following questions should be addressed using the information gathered from the products as well as the interview with the pharmacist: 
1) Why are some products more expensive than others even though they contain the same amount of active ingredient?
2) What product would you choose to use and why?
3) What influenced you to select these products?
4) What do you look for when you buy products?
5) How were you treated by the pharmacist?
6) What defining knowledge did you learn from this activity that contributes towards making more informed decisions as a consumer of health products?   

Are American Indians expected to lose some/all their cultural heritage to become part of contemporary society?

Individual Report #3:
After reading your textbook’s chapter 7 and your Lecture 6, please answer all the following questions within your IR #3: (give equal value to each question in your report)
1- In your opinion, are American Indians expected to lose some/all their cultural heritage to become part of contemporary society?
2- Do you think that people in this country have more benign attitudes toward American Indians than they do towards other minority groups?
3- What do American Indians need to do in order to reach equality within this culture? Is equality the goal?

How do sanctions work? Why are they so effective in maintaining social order?

 
How do sanctions work? Why are they so effective in maintaining social order?
To address these questions, you will violate a social folkway. Select one of the options below.
You may not choose something that is not on this list.

1. Violate someone’s personal space. Sit or stand too close to someone you don’t know.
2. Commit a random act of kindness. For example – Buy a stranger a cup of coffee. Offer to help someone carry
    their groceries to the car. Trade places in line.
3. Stand backward in an elevator or in a line.
4. Give a compliment to everyone you encounter.

Choose ONE of the options. It helps if you have a partner to observe you, but you don’t have to. Be aware of your own reactions.

Compose an essay with your responses to the following items:
— Are you nervous before and/or after committing the violation? Why?
— How did your “target” react? What kind of sanctions did your receive (positive or negative)?
— Overall, discuss why sanctions are so powerful in maintaining social order.
Your essay should be 2-3 paragraphs and contain properly cited references.

 These exercises ask students to apply sociological concepts to various topics or scenarios.  Cited references are not required for these assignments, but still recommended.  

Discuss at least two ways (other than the death penalty) that killing someone is NOT considered deviant in the U.S.A.


 Video Chat:  Discuss at least two ways (other than the death penalty) that killing someone is NOT considered deviant in the U.S.  Why is killing acceptable in those cases?   
 There are many opportunities to respond to questions posed for the Video Chat assignments. Prompts can be found in the Weekly Modules.  Each post is worth up to 10 points.  Posts should be written at a college level of sophistication with correct grammar and spelling.  I am looking for responses that are analytical and include sociological terminology. No opinions, please.  Use of references is expected.  

Analyze the social forces and cultural values that led to changes in courtship practices between colonial and modern times.

Citations: ASA is preferred, MLA or APA is acceptable.
http://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/quick_tips_for_asa_style.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
ASA for your text:
Cohen, Philip N. (2018) The Family. Diversity, Inequality and Social Change. Second Edition. New York, NY. W.W. Norton & Company

When it comes to understanding families, how are structural functionalists and conflict

theoretical perspectives different? Based on what you read in the chapter, contrast how the
two theories might explain the rise of the breadwinner-homemaker family.

Analyze the social forces and cultural values that led to changes in courtship practices between colonial and modern times.

Name and describe two different immigrant legislation acts and the impact they had on

families.

What are some of the explanations sociologists have given regarding the phenomenon of single Black women? What has been the impact of each of these explanations?

Compare and Contrast the Models for Proposal Development.

Compare and Contrast the Four Models for Proposal Development

When developing and implementing a grant proposal, the grantee must consider the project structure and four models for proposal development. Understanding this framework helps to fine tune the proposal and ensure that consideration has been given to selecting the appropriate resources required to carry out the project.

There are four models that can be used for proposal development and implementation: individual, consultative, cooperative, and collaborative. Working as an individual may be sufficient for smaller projects or a pilot. However, the consultative, cooperative, and collaborative models may be required to carry out more complex work. Each of these models involve careful consideration of the required level of resources, collaboration, and partnerships.
 
In preparation for this Discussion, consider the four models of proposal development as well as when each type of design is appropriate. Review this week’s Learning Resources that focuses on these models. Reflect upon the characteristics of persuasive writing learned in Module 2.
By Day 3 of Week 6
Post the following to the Discussion board:
• In a 2- to 3-slide PowerPoint presentation with recorded voiceover, compare and contrast the four models of proposal development (individual, consultative, cooperative, and collaborative) and how each model would work in your grant-funded project. Persuade your classmates why your choice of one of these four models is most appropriately aligned with your proposed project.

Be sure to support your analysis and conclusions with citations and references in APA format from the Learning Resources and your own research.

Discuss conflicting issues involving the view that video games encourage sexist behavior.

“Do Video Games Encourage Sexist Behavior?”  Please respond to the following:

Discuss one or two conflicting issues involving the view that video games encourage sexist behavior.
Debate It – Take a position on this statement: Violent video games encourage sexist behavior in adolescent and adult men. Support your views with two or three reasons and / or examples. (Cite any sources you referenced.)  

How can research processes and findings be used to foster stronger, more resilient, supportive and inclusive communities?

  
Topic 7 DQ 1
How can research processes and findings be used to foster stronger, more resilient, supportive and inclusive communities? How will your action research proposal promote community learning and development in public sociology work? 

Topic 7 DQ 2
What strategies can researchers use to disseminate information to promote individual and community learning about social conditions and social change? What strategies will your action research project use to link individual and collective learning with action for social change? 

How have formal organizations changed over the course of the twentieth century?

Each essay should be no more than a paragraph, but should CLEARLY include citations (in the form of page numbers) from the Macionis and Ferguson texts, as appropriate. That is, if you make an assertion that is not your own thinking but points to something you’ve read (the preferred way to answer a question in this course), you MUST provide CLEAR acknowledgment of where that idea came from. The correct form would be: (Author, p. xx) where “xx” is the particular page number for the idea (don’t name the authors of the individual articles—naming the editor is sufficient). On the first test, the vast majority of you were great at this, so keep it up. NO CREDIT, however, will be given to those answers without proper citations.
Quotations (actual words from the textbook) are not allowed, but any ideas you use from the text must be cited correctly with a page number. A correct citation looks like this: (p. 45). It contains two parentheses, a space between the abbreviation for page (“p.”) AND proper punctuation (there is no period before a citation if used at the end of a sentence). Citations such as “chapter 5”, “pages 100— 200”, or even “pp. 206—245” are incorrect. You must cite a specific page, and multiple times if you use different ideas from that page. The lone exception is two contiguous pages, but no others are allowed. In short:
YOU MAY NOT QUOTE FROM THE TEXT———————————————————————
YOU MAY NOT QUOTE FROM THE TEXT—
1. Explain various ways in which the behavior of people in groups changes as the groups get larger. Make use of the terms “primary group” and “secondary group” in your answer.
2. List the key characteristics of bureaucracy as explained by Max Weber. What was it about bureaucracy that Max Weber saw as positive? What did he see as negative?
3. How have formal organizations changed over the course of the twentieth century? Describe the ideal formal organization in the eyes of scientific management analyst Frederick Taylor, who wrote a century ago. How and why do today’s more flexible organizations try to be different from those described by Taylor?
4. Emily Kane’s essay stresses that many parents think much of their work with their children is to “accomplish” gender in them. However, this task on the part of parents fies in the face of much scientific work which finds that one’s sexual orientation is largely innate and heritable (that is, due to genes rather than environment). What, then, are we to make of Kane’s claim that masculinity itself is a social construct?
5. Ausdale and Feagin argue that their studies and observations of young children show that there are many problems with regard to race in traditional theories of child development. Specifically, the researchers fault child development theorists for assuming, based on tests of cognitive ability, that children do not yet have the mental complexity to grasp the concept of race; but Ausdale and Feagin show instead that even three year old children have “constant, well-defined, and negative biases toward racial and ethnic others,” in the words of Patricia Ramsey. What solutions can you think of to address this discrepancy in research?

In light of today’s technology, is there such a thing as a “struggle” anymore? Explain.

Over the years, one of the main focuses of the Humanities has been the “struggles” of many of the historical figures and all that they had to go through to become the giants that they were destined to be. Some of these figures suffered from mental illness, depression, and drug addiction. They had to overcome a number of obstacles. Overall, they suffered as they created the art that we have come to know and love. Some of those figures include, Vincent van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley. In addition to struggling with their personal demons, some of these artists were only recognized posthumously (after their deaths).
Many would argue that today’s artists, entertainers, and writers have to face few struggles, if any. Today’s entertainers became overnight sensations because of vehicles like YouTube and shows like The Voice and American Idol. Instead of spending years as a “starving artist,” one million views on YouTube can catapult a virtual unknown person into the spotlight. Once a video goes viral on the Internet, life for the featured “star” of that video will forever be changed.
In light of today’s technology, is there such a thing as a “struggle” anymore? Explain your reasoning by giving examples. 250 words APA

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