Benefits and Dangers of Social Media

Benefits and Dangers of Social Media

Assignment # 1

Directions for Reflective Journals

  1. There are 3 Reflective Journal Assignments (Weeks 3, 7, and 9).
  2. The journals are to reflect your experiences and opinions, so there are no right or wrong answers.
  3. Read the issues for the previous weeks before writing your journal

Write a 3/4 to 1-page journal entry (approximately 250 words) in which you:

  1. Discuss two or three (2-3) benefits you or others have experienced with social media.
  2. Discuss one or two (1-2) dangers you or others have experienced with social media.
  3. Complete the page/word amount requirement. 
  4. Write with clarity, following mechanics and formatting requirements.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a source page and cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the source page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcome(s) associated with this assignment are:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to the analysis of issues involving mass media and society.
  2. Analyze ways in which different types of media content reflect and / or influence society’s attitudes and behaviors.
  3. Analyze various issues affecting the media business.
  4. Evaluate the effects of new forms of media (e.g., online services) on social interactions.
  5. Write clearly and concisely about media and society using proper writing mechanics.

Assignment 2: Analysis on Food Security

The members of the United Nations found great value in the analysis you provided on the effects of global warming that result from population growth. They are now asking you write an additional analysis to include further issues related to population growth. Here is the issue they have asked you to consider:

The member states of the United Nations seek to build food systems that can provide global food security which will feed everyone, everywhere, every day by improving food quality though the promotion of effective and nutritional agricultural practices. The crucial issue is not the lack of food in the world but the access to that food. In many developing countries, food shortages are due to governmental control over food distribution. These governments maintain control of the population and their power by limiting access to nutritious food to certain groups. In this practice, they thereby “weaponize” food.

Your second project as a consultant for the United Nations is to develop an analysis that addresses three issues related to global food insecurity caused by global population growth and poverty, and to explore these issues in a developing country of your choosing.

The UN has given you the following guidelines.

Content

The UN has asked that your paper contain three sections. Each section should be one page (or approximately 300 words) in length and answer specific questions, identified in the outline below. It also asks that you use examples from your developing country when answering the questions.

Introduction

Provide an introduction of half a page minimum that addresses points a-e below.

  1. Explains the problem the UN has asked you to address in your own words;
  2. Identifies the three sections your paper will cover;
  3. Identifies the developing country you will consider;
  4. Tells the UN the causes of food insecurity; and
  5. Provides a one-sentence statement of your solutions at the end of your introduction paragraph.

Section I. Background

  1. What is food insecurity?
  2. What role does population growth play in food security?

Section II. Technologies That Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security

  1. What forms of technology can be used to reduce hunger and improve food security?
  2. How would these technological solutions work?
  3. What causes of food insecurity do these technologies address?

Section III. Specific Factors in Chosen Developing Country

  1. Considering the causes of food insecurity, what factors interrupt the flow of food from the source to the people in the developing country you selected?

            Conclusion

  • Provide a conclusion of half a page minimum that includes a summary of your findings that the United Nations can use to inform future policy decisions.

Success Tips

  • In answering each question, use examples from your developing country to illustrate your points.
  • The UN needs facts and objective analysis on which to base future policy decisions; avoid personal opinion and make sure your answers are based on information you find through research.

Formatting Requirements

  • Make sure your paper consists of four to six pages of content (or 1,200 words minimum, not including the cover or reference pages).
  • Create headings for each section of your paper as follows:
    • Section I. Background
    • Section II. Technologies That Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security
    • Section III. Specific Factors in Chosen Developing Country
  • Use and cite at least five credible sources in your research. A list of potential resources is available below.
  • Make sure your paper contains both in-text citations and a source list, per SWS guidelines:.
  • Include a cover page with your name, the country you selected, the date you submitted the paper, and your instructor’s name.

Potential Sources

  1. Peter Timmer. May/June 2015. Food Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard. Foreign Affairs. 
  2. The United Nations Population Division. 2017. World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision. https://www.un.org/development/desa/publications/world-population-prospects-the-2017-revision.html
  3. Will Martin. November 5, 2010. Food Security and Poverty: A Precarious Balance. Let’s Talk Development blog by The World Bank. e

The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is as follows:

  • Propose a plan to address the issue of global food security in underdeveloped countries that considers the impact of prior solutions.
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