Ik people, the ethnic community from Uganda, have presented an interesting issue for examination since their tribe was discovered. Being hunting and gathering community, Ik people were moving around the Kidepo valley and mountains of Uganda, living in small temporary villages surrounded by outer walls.
Colin Turnbull, a famous British-American anthropologist, was studying various African tribes for many years. In one of his books, The Mountain People, Turnbull describes the Ik people in the period of close examination. Turnbull stayed with this tribe for several years and studied the Ik people’s customs, traditions, culture, and other key aspects of their life. The book was published in 1972. And it became very successful yet rather controversial. The moral aspect of The Mountain People remains a questionable issue nowadays. Turnbull studied the Ik people in very acute period for them. The area of Kidepo valley became a national park, thus the tribe had no place to hunt and feed their families. The Iks suffered soundly from famine, and Turnbull was participating in tribe life in this very period influencing significantly its moral values. Continue reading
In his article, The Singer Solution to World Poverty, Peter Singer, one of the most controversial and provocative philosophers of the modern time, offers ideas on Americans’ moral obligations and ethics on the issue of world poverty and hunger. The statements Singer makes are what most would call at least “unconventional”, if not “disturbingly provocative”. In the very introduction to his paper, Peter Singer talks about the values of issues like common goods in comparison to human life and health. The author presents the arguments that selling children for organs is basically the same as to buy luxuries and unnecessary things instead of helping those who are in need. In other words, both actions are morally equivalent and there are no ethical distinctions between them. Using the “Central Station” movie as an illustration to support his ideas, Singer figuratively slaps the reader across the cheek for lack of activity in charitable organizations. Reading the article clearly stimulates inner discomfort, which is in its core the feeling of guilt Singer provokes so skillfully. Continue reading
The problem of effective sex education is one of the major problems of the contemporary educational system and contemporary society at large. In fact, it is really important to educate students in order to minimize possible risks they may face in their sexual life, especially in the result of the ineffective sex education. In this regard, the views on sex education vary dramatically. On the one hand, there are supporters of the wide implementation of special educational programs where students could learn basics of their sexual life with the emphasis on the safety of sexual relationships, especially among teens, and the necessity of contraception. On the other hand, there are supporters of abstinence-only sex education, which, in contrast, stand on the ground that education should promote the idea of abstinence as the best preventive measure of possible problems teens may face in their sexual life. However, in actuality, the effectiveness of the latter approach seems to be quite arguable because of the significant changes in the contemporary socio-cultural life. Continue reading
My term paper deals with the role of the USA in the First World War (1914-1918). I will try to point out major events of this period and their influenced economical, political and social spheres of American life. My research is based on two primary sources. These are abstracts from Levack’s “The West: Encounters and transformations” Volume 2. Chapter 24 is devoted to the First World War in the USA: “the Expectations vs. Reality” (p. 787) and “the Revolution in the Front Lines” (p. 801). Besides I’ll focus attention on two illustrations related to the topic: “Women in the War” and “Role Reversal”. They impressed me most of all and made me ponder over dangers and threats of military service, reasons and consequences of certain changes in it during the war. These four sources provide detailed information on the topic stated before. I will analyze the points which I consider to be the most important. I’ve chosen Gerd Hardach’s book and a newspaper article “The Unsung Women of World War”. The first one helps to understand economical problems in America during the war and after it. The second source is a nice supplement to the investigated topic of women’s rights. Chosen sources are close to each other and will give readers a clear picture of what was before the war and what happened afterwards. Authors managed to trace connection between past and present events. It would help to understand errors and misreckoning of military leaders of the past. On the whole the main point I’ll try to emphasize is what has changed in the USA due to certain events and circumstances during the war. Continue reading
In her article “Minimum wages” Linda Gorman speaks of the influence of minimum wage laws on the lives and career opportunities of employees. She provides numerous examples of how harmful wage regulation can be to the workers, especially those who are lower-skilled. In fact, I believe she is right, because although minimum wage regulation is aimed at supporting and protecting employees, it paradoxically deprives people of their right for work and freedom of choice in terms of what labor opportunities to pursue.
Despite the initial aim to improve the level of wages for the most vulnerable part of workers – the unskilled – this type of regulation has numerous negative consequences. Linda Gorman in her article “Minimum Wages” provides an apt remark that: +“…the law is simply one more example of good intentions producing hellish results”. The problem with the minimum wages setting is that this action does not guarantee work places for everyone. On the contrary, employers might prefer to fire some employees not to pay the burden of high wages. Continue reading
To make the picture of my academic record complete, I would like to explain the background of my college studies in the US. Arriving in a new country with a strikingly different culture, I felt extremely homesick during the first semester. I remember feeling dismayed and lost in the world where I hardly knew anyone. I also had to apply a lot of effort in order to adjust psychologically and culturally, to learn to understand people and make new friends. This distraction was reflected in my academic progress since in the first semester my GPA was only 2.8. Continue reading
Sudan’s 2007 GDP per capita (in terms of purchasing power parity) is ranked 128th in the world with $417. For comparison, GDP per capita in the US $43,500 the same year, ranked 8th in the world and 1st among G8 countries.
Sudan has 40.2 million inhabitants. 52% of Sudanese are black Africans and 39% are Arabs.
38.9% of Sudanese are illiterate. Interestingly, almost 50% of the females above the age of 15 are illiterate.
Life expectancy at birth
Average life expectancies for newborn males and females are 49.38 and 51.23 years, respectively. Continue reading
Employment at will – is the right of employers to fire employees for any reason and the right of employees to leave the company without any reason as well (Werhane 2003). This is a two sided agreement giving both the employer and employee the same right. I think that employment at will involves several ethical issues. For example, employers are free to fire with no reason or even based on the unfair reason (in the eyes of the employee). It raises such important issues as discrimination and unequal treatment of employees. Employment at will means that the employment is voluntary for both sides.
The Civil Rights Acts of 1964/1991 – prohibited any employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The act of 1991 has amended several sections to include the section on unlawful employment practices by employer (Werhane 2003). The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 have made employment discrimination not only unethical but illegal as well. I think that such statute was vital because all people should be treated with respect and only based on their professional skills but not based on any other factors. Continue reading
Level: Elementary school, 1-2 grades
Materials: Worksheets with printables of various shapes (hollow, dotted, dashed); colored markers; sheets of lined paper; pictures of animals; pictures of objects; cards with letters.
Objective: Learning new letters, achieving mastery and automation in students’ skills of writing letters.
Length: 1 class
The present lesson plan describes procedure of teaching students of first-second grade handwriting subject. During the course of this subject students must learn all letters of English alphabet, including proper letters’ formation and stroking in manuscript, achieve automation in writing letters, and gain mastery in writing words. On the current stage the students will learn some new letters, practice writing words containing both new and already known letters, and take part in activities that aim on achieving experience in handwriting and developing practice.
In the beginning let us briefly describe the content of previous lessons. During last lessons the students learnt several letters – o, a, i, c, n, m, and h using pictures and worksheets. They practiced in stroking these letters and writing the words like “mama”, “can”, “ham”, “main”, “coin”, “man” and others. Students already achieved mastery in writing these letters. Continue reading
I’m interested in obtaining the Master of Science in Systems Architecture and Engineering from USC for two major reasons. Firstly, in order to further advance in my career, I need to acquire the knowledge and skills offered by this course. I believe that the ability to make decisions in the modern technical environment is of great value to a specialist.
I strongly deem that my expertise is sufficient enough to fully absorb to contents of the course. I have 9 years of relevant professional experience in diverse environments. I have been employed in the capacity Network Engineer/Tech Support for Ericsson, System Engineer for Zarlink Semiconductor, and Software Engineer for Oberman, Tivoli, Miller & Pickert and Northrop Grumman. Presently, I’m working for the Boeing Company in the position of Embedded Software Engineer. As my duties include reconfiguration, maintenance, and development of the army common operating system, I felt the need to deepen my knowledge of systems architecture and engineering. Better and broader knowledge in this field would have enabled me to fulfill my obligations at work more effectively and perform my daily activities more quickly and skillfully. Continue reading