Wealth and income projections

From Race, Partisanship, and the Rise of Income Inequality in the United States, by Paul Pierson, APSA, 2016

In this piece written for Politics Now, a publication of the American Political Science Association (the largest professional organization for political scientists in the world), Dr. Pierson lays out a compelling argument that informs us about rising inequality in the United States. According to Dr. Pierson, not only will wealth concentration split the United States into “haves” and “have-nots” but it will also further exacerbate race relations during a time of profound demographic changes. By 2044, demographers predict that for the first time in the nation’s history the non-Hispanic white population will no longer possess a majority position. In the ensuing years, the country will become increasingly multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic. Wealth and income projections, however, suggest that non-Hispanic whites will retain the foremost position on the economic ladder.

For purposes of this Project Assignment, let’s dispense with some formalities that will help us consider this provocative information with open minds:

  • There are great variations within all populations in the United States in wealth, status, beliefs, and experiences. So it is challenging to generalize about non-Hispanic whites, African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, or other groups. Let us all acknowledge this fact as we enter into our discussions.
  • Wealth, regardless of who possesses it, confers status, access, and power.
  • The ideals on which the nation was founded are not reserved for any group of Americans but are promised to everyone. These ideals, as set forth in the Preamble to the Constitution, provide the “glue” that ostensibly holds the social fabric of the nation together. Today, we are witnessing the fraying of this social fabric in ways that could threaten the viability of the American experiment.
  • Politics is about power, how it is acquired, employed, and maintained. Elected officials will go to great lengths to keep themselves in power, even if in doing so their tactics are contrary to the values of the country. The only job security an elected official has is to win reelection.


After a close reading of this first section of this article, each student will prepare and submit an essay that does the following:

Essay Part A (10 points):

In about 250 words (this is about one page, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins), please describe in your own words how this passage of Dr. Pierson’s article relates to what you have learned about American politics so far in Module 1. Be sure to make clear connections in this part of your essay.

Essay Part B (5 Points):

In about 150 words (this is about half a page, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins), write about what you have learned so far that you may not have known before or that is different from what you thought you knew.

To do well on this first installment of the Project Assignment, be sure you have followed instructions carefully and proofread for writing errors. I recommend using the free version of grammarly.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to help you identify and correct errors.

Experiential Papers Instructions


In this area of study, there is nothing better for you as a student than to see what takes place first-hand. You will be writing 3papers based on your experiences, as shown below:

• Visit a minimum of 2 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for the first paper.•

Most meetings are typically open to the public, but there are some that are closed, so make sure you plan accordingly. After each set of meetings (e.g., AA), you will write a paper based on your experiences and turn it in via Blackboard according to its due date in the Course Schedule.

NOTE: When you get to the meeting, ask who the leader/facilitator is and introduce yourself to him/her. Explain why you are there and get his/her okay to be present during the meeting. Reassure them that confidentiality will be maintained and that you are there to observe and learn. Most of the time, you will just listen quietly and respectfully. Sometimes they will ask you questions, but usually they will go around the group and talk about their issues. You are discouraged you from taking notes during the meeting (since you do not want to make the members uncomfortable); instead, wait until you get back home and write down your recollections, what took place, how things were run, members’ stories that stood out to you, etc. Hint: it would be wise to do a little research about the organization before you go to any meetings.

Each paper must be 6–7 pages (not including title and reference pages). [NOTE: References usually come from the books/materials that you can find at the meeting. Ask for as many of these brochures/pamphlets as you can and keep them for your present and future use.] Each paper must include at least 3–4 references in addition to the course textbooks. Current APA edition format rules are in effect (1/2” indents, 1” margins, double-spacing, etc.).

Required format of the paper:

Name and Brief History of Organization (introduce what it is: AA, NA, Al-Anon; how long has it been around; important individuals and milestones in its development; future goals, etc.)How the Meetings are Run/Organized (what helping model is it based on; what is the “leader’s” role; how does the group recognize success stories; what do they do for relapses, etc.)Personal Observations of the Meetings (what you saw; what was interesting; observations of the group members [no names]; particular stories that caught your attention, etc.)Conclusion (what you learned; is it a good model of treatment; how could you use this in your work/practice in the future, etc.)

Separate each section in current APA edition headings (Level 1 – centered and in bold, but do not show the “bullets”).

This assignment will be submitted via Blackboard and LiveText.

population’s demographics and health concern

Write a 750-1,000-word paper that analyzes your research and focuses on the population you have chosen. Describe the population’s demographics and health concerns, and explain how nursing science, health determinants, and epidemiologic, genomic, and genetic data may impact population health management for the selected population. Provide an overview of a potential solution for solving the health issue related to your population and the intended PICOT statement. Describe how the solution incorporates health policies and goals that support health care equity for the population of focus.


Read through the following questions and answer two of them in your journal. Your answers should be complete, and must be written in standard, grammatically correct English.

1. Define social stratification and explain why it is of sociological significance. Is it possible to create a society without stratification? Why or why not?

2. Define slavery, list and discuss its causes, discuss the conditions of slavery that have varied around the world. and discuss slavery today. What role, if any, do you think the United States should play in ending slavery internationally today?

3. Define caste systems and endogamy, and discuss whether any characteristics of caste can be seen in U.S. society.

4. Karl Marx explored social class, emphasizing the importance of means of production. Explain his theory, and define bourgeoisie, proletariat, class consciousness and false class consciousness. Apply his theory to an analysis of U.S. society today.

5. List and define the three components of social class, according to Max Weber. Apply his theory to an analysis of U.S. society today.

6. Summarize Davis and Moore’s theory of social stratification. Summarize Tumin’s critique of Davis and Moore, and define meritocracy. Which theory do you believe explains U.S. society today best? Why?

7. Define and describe the three “worlds” of development discussed in the text, listing at least four examples of societies in each category.

Cultural Interview

Pick a person to interview who has had a different cultural experience than you. Maybe the person or person’s family is from a different region or country. Other forms of diversity or difference are acceptable too. You may interview someone of any age, and it is OK if he or she is a co-worker, neighbor, friend, relative, spouse, or someone else you know.

However, please keep in mind the spirit of the assignment. If you are interviewing someone you know well, please work hard in the interview to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for their experience. Please conduct the interview face-to-face, through Skype/Face Time, or over the phone. The interview should be a minimum of 20 minutes long. Please take notes during the interview. If the interviewee gives you permission,you can record the interview to help you later when writing your assignment.

It is not required to record or video tape the interview. You will not be turning in any recordings. You will be turning in a written assignment based on your interview.

Written Assignment Overview:

Write a two-page essay about your interview experience. Your essay should include

an introduction of your interviewee, summary of the interview answers in essay format, discussion of how the interview content relates to course concepts, and a final section with some concluding thoughts about the interview experience.

You will be required to use the following headings: Introduction, Summary of Interview, Culture & Geography, and Conclusion.

Philosophy Essay

*the writer needs to read the READINGS theres a total of 4 readings to this essay.

*provide notes for each reading.

Here is the prompt: Based on the works of Hobbes, Locke, and Sandel’s two chapters, write an essay that takes a philosophical stance on the current issue of gun control laws. 

This current event, gun control, is chosen as a way to get you to think about and apply the philosophical principles.   We are interested in the differences between Hobbesian, Lockean, libertarian and utilitarian principles of justice.  Therefore you can take whatever position you like, so long as you explain the philosophical principles and defend your position against the philosophical objections.  Your essay must compare and contrast the Hobbesian, the Lockean-libertarian, and the utilitarian principles of justice as they pertain to the issue of gun control laws.  You are really using the gun control situation to talk about philosophy.  You will not be graded up or down for taking a certain position.  You will be graded on the completeness and correctness of your understanding of the principles of justice.

You should approach this essay in several steps.  The first step is to understand the philosophical principles of justice of each position.   Second, see how those principles of justice determine certain views on the issue of gun control.  Third, write the essay… be sure to explain the philosophical principles and the issues, defending the one you think it best, and critiquing the one’s you think are wrong.

Assignment 3: The Application Paper

using the textbook and Argosy Online Library references that you may select, write a paper (minimum 750 words) using APA standards, that answers the questions below.

First, from the Argosy University online library, select one of the following articles to read:

Fantasia, Rick. (1995). From class consciousness to culture, action, and social organization. Annual Review of Sociology, 21, p. 267-289.

Martin, Karin A. (1998). Becoming a gendered body. American Sociological Review, 63(4), p. 494-511.

McKinlay, John B., Lin, Ting, Freund, Karen, & Moskowitz, Mark. (2002). The Unexpected influence of physician attributes on clinical decisions: Results of an experiment. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 43(1), p. 92-106.

Second, answer the following questions in an organized essay:

  • 1. What is the social problem the researchers are investigating?
  • 2. What is the research method (i.e.: survey, participant observation, experiment, secondary sources) used by the researchers?
  • 3. What were the results or findings of the research?
  • 4. What do you think would be a good solution to the social problem?