Perception of Intelligence

Different cultures conceptualize and measure components of intelligence in various ways. Some cultures value a person’s ability to quickly process and respond to information. Other cultures may value one’s ability to consult with members of the same culture who have more life experience in order to solve problems. Still, other cultures value creativity, formal education, and literacy as a basis of intelligence. With so many variations in cultural beliefs, how do researchers ensure accurate measurements of intelligence among different cultures? For example, can standardized tests of intellectual ability from a Western culture adequately and appropriately measure the intelligence valued by Kpelle farmers in Liberia?

For this Assignment, consider how cultures interpret intelligence differently. Reflect on how various cultures measure intelligence. Use your Final Project culture of interest and, in addition, select another culture that defines intelligence differently. Consider how you might test different cognitive abilities (e.g., memory, organization, and visualization) in each of these two different cultures.

The Assignment (4–5 pages)

  • Describe the two cultures (South African and Arabic Cultures please) you selected and compare how each culture perceives intelligence.
  • Explain three cultural factors that might influence how intelligence is perceived in each culture you selected.
  • Explain how you might measure intelligence in each culture and why you selected this method.
  • Support your responses using the Learning Resources and the current literature.
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diverse social identity

Attend an open event(make it up) in your community related to a diverse social  identity (gender identity/expression, race/ethnicity, class, religion,  ability, sexual orientation, national origin, or age). Then, create a  PPT presentation.

Submit, a 10 minute recorded PowerPoint presentation  and transcript of presentation. In the PPT presentation, address the  following prompts:

  • Describe the cultural event in which you participated.
  • Explain how this experience influenced your perceptions of diversity and difference.
  • Analyze at least 3 key concepts from this course in relation to this experience.
  • Define what it means to you to engage with diversity and difference in practice.
  • Describe two challenges associated with discussing and reflecting on diversity related content.
  • Describe one strategy to address these challenges.
  • Identify one positive emotion and one negative emotion that surfaced during the past 10 weeks of the course.
  • Describe one strategy to address the negative emotion in order to continue developing cultural awareness.
  • Explain specific steps that you will take to advance  human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice based on  what you have learned in   this course.

Sociology

This should be 4-6 pages long, double-spaced, 12pt font (arial or times new roman), with 1″ margins.

Instructions:

Choosing a Current Event. A current event refers to something that is happening in the world at present and they are usually described on the news and in mass media. You must choose a report (written, from the radio, or televised) of an event that has been reported on within 3 months of the assignment deadline. Remember, the event you choose must have some relevance to the study of society, and you must properly cite the source from which you got your report.

Describe the Current Event. Second, you will need to provide a brief summary of the current event. This should include details such as location, timing (i.e is this an ongoing event, does it appear to be a one time event, is this an example of an event that happens frequently), people involved, and any analysis offered by the report(er).

Analyzing the Current Event. The final step in the process is conducting an analysis of the current event using knowledge you have gained from the course to-date. The most important thing here is that the analysis should not just be your opinion about the current event, but grounded in sociological theory and prior research. You will need to use at least 4 sociological concepts covered in this course to analyze the current event (i.e. social construction, stratification, social control, crime, deviance). (hint: sociological concepts should be clearly identified, defined and then applied; any paraphrasing or direct quotes used from another source should include APA formatted in-text citations and a full citation at the end of the essay).

Sociology Of Sports

1. Socialization and Children in Sports Using Microsoft PowerPoint, create a minimum 10-slide presentation that addresses and summarizes the following questions:

· What is the sociology of sport?

· Why should sport be studied as an interactive learning process?

· What is the connection between socialization and youth sport?

· What impact does sport participation have on youth and social development?

The purpose of this assignment is not to just answer the questions but to support your views in a presentation. You are required to use a minimum of two sources to support this assignment. Be sure to include a title slide. Cite all of your sources on a reference slide and use APA format. You need to add a narrative (one to two paragraphs) on the slide notes section to briefly explain each slide.

NOTE: The title slide and reference slide do not count toward the total slide requirement of 10 slides for the presentation. Follow best practices for presentations related to text size, color, images, effects, wordiness, and multimedia enhancements.

2. Think back to a time when you played sports or were involved in an organization. What were the reasons for this involvement? What were some of the things you learned? Was it a positive or negative experience? Explain. What, if anything, would you have changed? How has that participation made you who you are today? Discuss your views.

Your journal entry must be at least 200 words. No references or citations are necessary.

Assignment: Peer Reviewed Social Work Journals

Reflect on the importance of using articles from peer-reviewed journals compared to information from the Internet. Ask yourself who evaluates the accuracy of information that you might obtain websites like Wikipedia and what form of accountability there is to ensuring that information is up-to-date, reliable, and valid.

Review the Final Assignment: Article Review and Critique in Week 10 for this class. Note that you will have to locate an empirical research article from a peer-reviewed journal. Begin to search for an article. Practice navigating the databases in the library by searching topics of interest. (Note: At this point, you do not need to identify the actual empirical research article. The goal of this assignment is to begin getting comfortable navigating the databases in the library).

For this Assignment, complete the following:

  • Identify a list of 10 peer reviewed social work journals from the library that you might find helpful relative to your social work practice interests.
  • In a 100-150 word paragraph, discuss why using research studies from peer reviewed journals is important to the development of knowledge in social work. For example, discuss the advantages of having articles reviewed by other scholars and researchers. Then using a case illustration, describe how articles from peer-reviewed journals can help to inform your social work practice decisions with clients, communities, agencies, and/or social work policies.

Assignment: Peer Reviewed Social Work Journals

Reflect on the importance of using articles from peer-reviewed journals compared to information from the Internet. Ask yourself who evaluates the accuracy of information that you might obtain websites like Wikipedia and what form of accountability there is to ensuring that information is up-to-date, reliable, and valid.

Review the Final Assignment: Article Review and Critique in Week 10 for this class. Note that you will have to locate an empirical research article from a peer-reviewed journal. Begin to search for an article. Practice navigating the databases in the library by searching topics of interest. (Note: At this point, you do not need to identify the actual empirical research article. The goal of this assignment is to begin getting comfortable navigating the databases in the library).

For this Assignment, complete the following:

  • Identify a list of 10 peer reviewed social work journals from the library that you might find helpful relative to your social work practice interests.
  • In a 100-150 word paragraph, discuss why using research studies from peer reviewed journals is important to the development of knowledge in social work. For example, discuss the advantages of having articles reviewed by other scholars and researchers. Then using a case illustration, describe how articles from peer-reviewed journals can help to inform your social work practice decisions with clients, communities, agencies, and/or social work policies.

Sociology Discussion

In Module 2 we have been learning about education and religion. In most societies there are rituals that citizens practice, some of which are religious and others are not. Some rituals are also practiced in education. After you have learned about education, religion and rituals (in Chapters 14 and 15) complete this discussion. I just need a short paragraph or summary that answer these questions.

1What rituals, either religious or nonreligious, do you perform?

2Why do you perform them?

3.Can you remember rituals in your K-12 education that were performed?

4.Did those involve any religious aspects?

5.Why were they performed?

Social Structures Of Society

How much of the problems related to environmental concerns are based on social structures of society, on businesses that dominate our economic system, and on members of society whose beliefs, values, and norms are not sympathetic to making social change in their lifestyles? What effect will underdeveloped nations have on the world’s environment if they develop their economies and enjoy a burgeoning middle class like those of developed nations? Should anything be done about this?

What consequences has the belief of individualism brought to bear on the environment in general? Do people have the right to do whatever they want to the Earth?

250 word minimum, 10 points

Ted Talks Given By Johan Rockstrom And James Hansen

Watch the following Ted Talks given by Johan Rockstrom and James Hansen and answer the corresponding questions.

1. Johan Rockstrom: https://www.ted.com/talks/johan_rockstrom_let_the_environment_guide_our_development

  • What does Johan Rockstrom mean when he argues that we should “let the environment guide our development”?  Be sure to incorporate answers to the following questions in your memo:
    • Who is Johan Rockstrom?
    • Why is the Holocene important in the history of human development?
    • What is the “quadruple squeeze”?
    • What is the Anthropocene?
    • What’s the difference between linear and non-linear systems?
    • What are our planetary boundaries?  Why are they important?

2. James Hansen: https://www.ted.com/talks/james_hansen_why_i_must_speak_out_about_climate_change

  • Why did James Hansen decide he needed to speak out about climate change?  Be sure to incorporate answers to the following questions in your memo:
    • What is the energy imbalance and why is it important?
    • How much excess energy is Earth absorbing?
    • What are amplifying feedbacks?
    • Are there good options for a safe ecological future?  If so, what are they?

500 word minimum, 20 points

Advocating With Policy Makers

In social work, advocacy is very important to promote social change. Letters are often used as an effective tool to bring attention to social justice issues. This assignment requires you to choose a social justice issue that is important to you, gather current research and data on the subject matter, and write a one page professional and formal letter to your elected local, state, or national representative responsible for your social justice matter you have identified.

Choose a social welfare problem that you believe is in need of change and write a letter to an elected local, state, or federal official regarding the issue you have chosen. You are not required to send the letter; however, it must be written in a professional, well organized, clear, and concise format.

Writing letters to public officials is a form of political advocacy for clients and social workers. For this Assignment, you will write an advocacy letter to public official about a problem and a policy. In addition, you will write a 1-2 page explanation of your letter. Your explanation will provide the rationale behind your chosen issue and the approach you took with the specific representative.

By Day 7

Assignment: In the same document, submit both Part I and II of the assignment (2-4 pages):

Part I: Letter to Representative

Your letter should include:

  • A description of the social welfare issue
  • An explanation of how you want the legislator to respond to the issue (vote, create legislation, hold public hearings, etc.) and why.
  • Support of your viewpoints with credible facts and research.

Part II: Explanation (1-2 pages, double-space, APA format)

For this part of the assignment, provide an explanation of:

  • Why you selected the issue
  • How the issue affects social work
  • The reason you chose the specific representative
  • The approach you took with the representative (consider the representative’s voting history, political affiliation, and any other factors you considered)

Evaluation Of Skills: Client System Role-Play Reflection And Analysis Paper

After planning the script and videotaping the role-play scenario, how did it feel to walk in the shoes of a social worker? What insights did you gain from the experience? What aspects of this experience were challenging for you? Being able to recognize the areas where you were successful and the areas where you need improvement are what make role-plays an important part of your social work education.

For the written segment of your Final Project, reflect on your experience in developing this role-play video. Consider any insights you gained from the experience, as well as the challenges you might have experienced in its planning and execution. Think about the specific social work techniques you used and why you used them. Finally, review the videos your colleagues posted. Select one of those videos and consider any areas in which your colleague might improve their approach and why.

By Day 7

Submit a 4- to 5-page paper. In your paper, address the following:

  • Reflect on your experience in doing the role-play video.
  • Describe insights you gained from the experience and explain how these insights affect your approach to practice.
  • Describe the challenges you experienced in planning and executing the role-play scenario and explain how you overcame them.
    • Focus on insights and challenges related to demonstrating skills and engaging as a professional social worker, not on technical aspects of role-playing or recording the scene.
  • Describe the specific engagement techniques/skills you used and analyze why you used them.
  • Describe the colleague’s role-play video you selected.
  • Assess what your colleague did well in the video you selected and recommend areas for improvement in your colleague’s approach.