Sociology (2 Short Questions)

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Question 1: After listening to the interview with Stephen B. Bright, The quality of a legal defense: Does it matter if you’re rich or poor?, please respond to the following:

  1. How does geographic location play a role in the quality of representation provided by the public defender?
  2. How does the overburdened public defense system in many areas contribute to issues of wrongful conviction?
  3. Contrast the legal representation described by Bright to the level of representation available to white-collar, corporate, and environmental crimes.
  4. This discussion highlights two issues – wrongful conviction and the overburdened public defender system. How can these problems be solved?
Question 2: After reading this week’s required text, please respond to the following:

  1. In your opinion, what have been among the main outcomes of the War on Drugs?
  2. How close has it come to its original goals of reducing drug use and punishing drug suppliers?
  3. How has this “war” impacted African-American males?
  4. How has this “war” impacted immigration policy?
  5. How will this “war” end?

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Marriage and Family (5 Short Questions)

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Chapter 1

Question 2: What is meant by the idea that race, class, and gender are interactive systems rather than individual variables? Think about your own family of orientation, and take one particular aspect of your family life as an example. Discuss briefly how race, class, and gender act simultaneously to shape that aspect of your family life.

Question 4: Most people agree that marriages and families underwent major changes during the last half of the twentieth century; however, few people link these changes to larger societal changes that have taken place. Identify some of the major changes that have taken place during the past 50 years (for example, in transportation, technology, and social welfare policies), and discuss their impact on contemporary marriages and families. Reflect on your own family and consider how one such change has affected your family and/or families like yours.

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