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23 Apr 2008
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Book Review on Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Book review - 5 pages - Economy general

According to Weber, industrial capitalism emerged in the west though the convergence of a number of key factors. Capitalism itself had existed in areas of the world prior to the west and had even shared some of the same key factors. For instance, capitalist enterprises were found to have...

23 Apr 2008
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Examining Urban Poverty In Canadian Society

Essay - 3 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Poverty is a problem which is increasing steadily on a global scale. In North America, urban poverty is growing rapidly. Urban Poverty is a term used to describe people living in urban environments whom lack the means required to provide themselves with the basic necessities needed to live...

23 Apr 2008
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Kamikaze diaries- Review

Essay - 8 pages - Political science

The onset of 9/11 in America awoke comparisons of the suicide attacks to that of Pearl Harbor during World War II by so-called Japanese kamikaze bombers, however the attempted parallel as Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney puts it “[represents] a deliberately distorted view ” of historical facts. The...

23 Apr 2008
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When a Nation Misbehaves A Look as U.S./Iranian Relations

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Political philosophers have been offering different ideologies regarding human nature and the development of governments for thousands of years. Some have claimed that humans are naturally good and compassionate whereas others have argued their selfish and brutish nature. Civilizations have...

23 Apr 2008
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Examining the Positive and Negative Aspects of Affirmative Action

Case study - 4 pages - Political science

When one examines even the earliest hunter gatherer societies it becomes evident that women have always worked alongside men. Yet as societies began to progress away from the hunter gatherer lifestyle, women's work started to become less recognized despite its obvious importance. As time moved on...

23 Apr 2008
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Examining the Causal Factors and Societal Ramifications of the Celtic Tiger Phenomenon

Essay - 5 pages - Economy general

When one examines the historic past of Ireland it is evident that this once colonial appendage of Brittan has had its fair share of despair. Within just over a hundred years Ireland as a whole has suffered through numerous crises including two famines, oil crisis, religious conflict and economic...

23 Apr 2008
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Canadian Politics

Tutorials/exercises - 10 pages - Political science

Canadian politics in the 20th century was full of prominent and colourful politicians, but none were as controversial as Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Pierre Trudeau was a French-Canadian born and raised in Montreal who grew up to become one of the most influential characters in Canadian history. He was...

22 Apr 2008
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Bandits

Essay - 4 pages - Political science

The myth of Robin Hood has not only created a long lasting fairy tale for our youth it has also created the definition of what Eric Hobsbawm calls a social bandit: one who gives to the poor by taking from the rich. Hobsbawm uses the myth of Robin Hood to identify bandits who have reached a...

20 Apr 2008
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The High Price of Consumerism

Essay - 4 pages - Economy general

“Education is not a preparation for the future, it is the future itself,” Read my bold shopping bag from the University Store. It was the first week of school, and nearly every fresh student was proudly sporting one of these bags, oblivious to the notion that their education is...

20 Apr 2008
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The Canadian democratic deficit

Thesis - 6 pages - Political science

The last five federal elections in Canada have seen an average of voter turnout in the 60% range: a clear drop from the usual 70% seen throughout electoral history . The issue, largely ignored by Prime Minister Jean Chretien until the rise of Paul Martin, has raised the question of the existence...

19 Apr 2008
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The History of Abolition: A Global Interplay of Events

Essay - 7 pages - International relations

Historical phenomena such as the abolition of slavery cannot be explained by isolating them from the larger global context that created the conditions for their existence. In his chapter titled Whose Abolition? Popular Pressure and the Ending of the British Slave Trade, Seymor Drescher states:...

19 Apr 2008
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Conflict in West Africa: The cases of Sierra Leone and Liberia

Essay - 8 pages - International relations

Overview After the Cold War the majority of wars in Africa were "societal" while conflict between states was considerably rare. The inter-state wars were further prolonged and worsened by foreign support. Military assistance on part of Western and Socialist countries is one of the common outside...

18 Apr 2008
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Berger and Luckmann propose 3 steps in the social construction of reality

Thesis - 3 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann discuss the social construction of reality in their work, The Social Construction of Reality, published in 1966. Reality, as defined by Berger and Luckmann, is a combination of norms (socially acceptable ways of acting and thinking) and institutionalized objects...

18 Apr 2008
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Analyzing Corruption's Cost on Development: Mexico

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

Political corruption trickles down the entire social and economic skeleton of Mexico, or formally, The United Mexican States. The system of corruption is undoubtedly to blame for the state's lack of development- but to what extent? Starting with the state's most authoritative leaders and policy...

18 Apr 2008
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Sudan: A Sociological Study

Case study - 6 pages - Social, moral & civic education

The largest country in Africa, the Republic of Sudan has been the victim of famines, unstable military rule, coup d'etats, violation of human rights issues, and one of the most violent civil wars in the continent. Spanning an area of 2,503,890 sq km with a population of 37, 090, 000 in 2002....

18 Apr 2008
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Globalization and its effect on Western Civilization

Essay - 3 pages - International relations

Western Civilization has been shaped by the many people and events that have witnessed its transformation from the dawn of the early modern period in 1500 up to the present day. The present word view has been formed by many events including the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, and the...

17 Apr 2008
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Challenging Underachievement in Boys: A Critical Review of Unreliable and Misinterpreted Data Collection Methods

Tutorials/exercises - 8 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Raising the achievement level of male pupils, especially disadvantaged males, has been a concern of the UK educational system from several years. Many studies have been conducted using various methods and data sources. The following paper is a critical review of "Challenging Underachievement in...

17 Apr 2008
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Networked multiplayer games as a valid means of social interaction

Essay - 2 pages - Social, moral & civic education

The question I will endeavour to address is whether network multiplayer capable computer games offer a valid means of social interaction. To satisfactorily address this question, several terms must be defined as they are used in the context of this document. The first issue which must be...

17 Apr 2008
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The Political Journey of Fela Kuti

Essay - 3 pages - Political science

Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a famous Nigerian musician. He was a founder of Afrobeat music which involves the fusion of jazz and elements of West African music. Fela was also an important political figure on the music scene. His music is a prime example of using media to distribute his messages...

16 Apr 2008
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Our Generation: Mean or Dazed?: peer pressure and how we respond to it

Essay - 4 pages - Social, moral & civic education

A vast multitude of movies have been made in an attempt to realistically recreate many generations on screen. Almost every generation has had a movie made to express the thoughts of the people within it. After searching several movies, I watched two in order to see which best represents our...

15 Apr 2008
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The Blessed Mother of God: The Virgin Mary's Significance in the Christian World

Thesis - 3 pages - Social, moral & civic education

The Virgin Mary is a significant figure in the Christian religion, with her significance remaining nearly identical throughout the different sects of Christianity. From her Immaculate Conception to her Assumption into Heaven, the mother of God holds many significant values and beliefs to all...

15 Apr 2008
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Rodman's representation of music

Thesis - 3 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Being a UMass student in today's day and age is far different from those who had come before. One of my most apparent and vivid memories of being a freshman four years ago was my discovery of the (now infamous), i2hub. Being an avid record collector (both vinyl and cd form), I at first felt...

09 Apr 2008
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The World Bank

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Political science

It is truly shocking the controversy that is stirred by the World Bank. What is even more shocking is how truly complex the group's operations actually are. With novels being published written strictly about “The Case Against the World Bank” (Danaher), it is probably imperative to a...

09 Apr 2008
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Societal Evolution: The Industrial Revolution

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Economy general

As a complex network of intricate biological systems, the human body is indeed quite an intriguing aspect of nature. The origin of this elaborate design is an area of hot debate; however, as of late, increasing support has been given to biological-evolutionary theory. According to this theory, it...

08 Apr 2008
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World Debt : A problem that has been a matter of global worry

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Economy general

A problem that has been a matter of global worry for the last decade is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank's strangle hold on the growth and economic development of developing countries. The IMF and World Bank are supported by developed countries and continue to be supported by...

08 Apr 2008
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Will Debt Relief Address the Needs of Highly Indebted Countries?

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Economy general

A question that has plagued economists, social scientists and political scientists for the last several years is solution to the staggering debt in underdeveloped countries. Depending on their background they will argue the need for greater institutions, the removal of corrupt governments, or...

19 Feb 2008
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Zen Buddhism and Western Culture: How its practices affect its culture and are mirrored in many Western ideas

Essay - 4 pages - Social, moral & civic education

There has always been a fascination with the contrast between Eastern and Western philosophies, culture and ideas. And nowhere is this fact more prominent than in religion and religious practices. More specifically, the Asian religion of Buddhism, though seeing its tenets blossom through...

18 Feb 2008
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The Many Faces of Michel Foucault: An Analysis of the Evolution of his Conception of Identity Formation in the Modern World Through his Life and Works

Essay - 20 pages - Social, moral & civic education

Throughout the course of his career as a historian, author, philosopher, and artist, Michel Foucault often shifted directions in his work, reinventing himself in the process and offering little explanation for his decisions to do so. Shortly after the publication of Madness and Civilization in...

18 Feb 2008
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Education System in Need of Reform in the USA

Essay - 6 pages - Social, moral & civic education

New York City epitomizes superiority. Being one of the most renowned cities in the world, it is placed upon a pedestal. People travel here from across the globe for the cuisine, nightlife, and immense culture just to name a few. Another main attribute of the Big Apple is its vast diversity and...

11 Feb 2008
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How healthy is the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003?

Essay - 4 pages - Ecology & environment

Facing increasing concerns about protecting the environment, the government has enacted the Healthy Forests Restoration Act in 2003 to help control wildfires. However, there has been some speculation that "thinning" forests is actually a ruse for timber companies to cut down more trees. In...