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Assignment #1

Discuss Obesity as a social problem.

a.Using the definition provided by the text, define how obesity could be categorized as a social problem.

oWhat are examples of individual and societal factors leading to obesity?

oWhat are the individual and social consequences of doing nothing to address this problem?

b.Theoretical perspectives

oHow would a conflict theorist explain the problem of obesity?

oHow would a functionalist explain the problem of obesity?

oHow would a symbolic interactionist explain the problem of obesity?

c.Based on your research, and personal reflection on which theoretical perspective is most like your own views, which theory does the best job at explaining the causes of obesity? Based on this analysis, explain why or why not the issue of obesity should be addressed as a social problem.

Additional research, focusing on scholarly sources, is expected. Websites can be included in your research, and eventually included in your list of references, although you are expected to rely on authoritative sources. You may also look ahead in your textbook, since health issues are discussed in several chapters.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Assignment #2

a.In what ways might homelessness be categorized as a social problem? Explain your reasoning and support your points with examples from the textbook.

b.Some of these policies suggested in this video involve government policies and funds. In your opinion, is this an appropriate use of public funds? How do you define what is appropriate use of public funds, and how does the use of public funds fit inside or outside of appropriate use?

c.The policies described in this video may be controversial. What concerns do you have about these policies?

d.Complete a web search focusing on policies intended to reduce or eliminate homelessness. Provide an example of a potentially effective response to the problem of homelessness. Define the elements that make this solution effective.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

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