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29 Jul 2009

Calgary: A case study in residential development

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

Although the Canadian city of Calgary has traditionally been an affordable place to live, substantial economic and population growth has resulted in an over extended demand on real estate. As a result, house prices in Calgary have increased significantly in recent years (Calgary Real Estate...

29 Jul 2009

Sending messages: The telegraph and the convenience of modern communication

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

On the night of Sunday, 14 April, 1912, at 23:40, the HMS Titanic collided with a submerged iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean four hundred miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Within three hours, the ship would sink and be recalled as the most celebrated maritime disaster prior to the...

29 Jul 2009

Liberating bondage: Slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

Slavery in the British Caribbean was closely connected to the agricultural cultivation of sugar-cane and cotton crops in which Africans were imported to work the land in order that the goods could be exported to Europe thereby providing the plantation-owners a net return on their investment....

29 Jul 2009

Highway 407: Public to private transition

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

Alterations to travel flow resulting from urban decentralization is the effect of the increasing size of the city and its level of urbanization, and it reduces traffic volumes between origins and the central destination thereby raising volumes to other destinations. This lowers radial corridor...

29 Jul 2009

Culture and global conflict

Thesis - 4 pages - Social sciences

The global recession not only impacts Western and developed countries, but its effects are also applicable to those from the Third World. On 2 April, 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared an end to the “Washington consensus” at the G-20 Conference in London. Since the...

29 Jul 2009

Language and reality

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

It is common cynical knowledge that in this world of spin, our perceptions of reality cannot possibly be divorced from the language it is presented in. But the question remains as to whether language creates or distorts reality. At the crux of the issue is really our definition of...

29 Jul 2009

American Idle (Idol)

Essay - 15 pages - Social sciences

Love it or hate it, American Idol has become a seemingly immortal fixture in American culture. Pouring into our homes through high definition television on at least two nights a week, the show is more present in family life than your average workaholic, deadbeat dad. Of course the success...

29 Jul 2009

Women's identity: How do you find it when the world claims you were born with it?

Thesis - 6 pages - Social sciences

Women in theatre are always up or down, the virgin or the whore, over-run with emotions or a stone cold bitch. There is rarely a happy medium for women on the stage. But there is an in-between. There is a middle ground between being an extreme, and being a bore. Despite the fact that every woman...

28 Jul 2009

Etica Moderno ed Il Principe - Modern ethics and the prince

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

Practices that are deceitful and cunning, in the interests of retaining power, have been dubbed “Machiavellian”, no doubt for Machiavelli's political treatise The Prince. To many, this short book is a canon of all things unethical; to be called “Machiavellian” is...

28 Jul 2009

Human water consumption and utilization

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

The history of the relationship between people and water is a long and complex one. The necessity for water to sustain life has driven people to do many things: relocate to where the water is, come up with technological innovations to relocate the water to where they are, use it as a source of...

28 Jul 2009

Gender imbalance and rural families: China's growing problem

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

Post-World War II China produced a large number of babies as a part of the baby boomer generation. As a result, the most heavily populated country in the world experienced an exponential growth in their population unlike any other in the world. Because of the fear of depleting...

28 Jul 2009

Merits of attention in social situations: An interdisciplinary study in dominance and power

Thesis - 6 pages - Social sciences

As an essential part of everyday life, conversations may often seem simple and one dimensional: one person speaks, all others listen. Upon further dissection, conversations involve many processes: information exchange, information processing, language and more. While attentiveness is just...

28 Jul 2009

The attachment between college students and their pets at home

Thesis - 4 pages - Social sciences

Many first year college students under go the shock that it is to leave a pet at home. Pets are considered attachment figures. The purpose of this study is to find the relationship between college students away from home and their pets and how the relationship strain affects the college students'...

28 Jul 2009

Greenpeace: Anti-corporate watchdogs

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novella Fight Club narrates the experience of adult men disaffected by modern consumer culture who form underground boxing clubs before developing them into clandestine social terrorist groups aimed at destroying hyper-capitalist culture. Read as a critique on the...

28 Jul 2009

Quantifying happiness: Reviewing the Harvard study of adult development

Thesis - 2 pages - Social sciences

The ancient Greeks were the first to philosophically study the good life, for example, the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus, but the topic was also treated in other historical and cultural sources as well. In the Levant, the ancient Hebrews received the Torah (or the Book) from...

27 Jul 2009

Race and ethnicity

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

When one thinks about the word race, the first thing that comes to mind is skin color. Somewhat recently, it has been discovered that the term “race” may not be as relevant as we thought it was. In Actuality skin color has literally nothing to do with who we are as people or our genetic...

27 Jul 2009

Gender race and ethnicity in relation to youth rights

Thesis - 2 pages - Social sciences

One of the last groups that it is still legal to discriminate against in America is the youth. Most feel as if the youth are an acceptable group to discriminate against being that they are seen as less mature and less ready to take on the responsibilities of the adult world. While it is certainly...

22 Jul 2009

Before teen pregnancy: Contrasting the social capital and empowerment theories

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

This paper will analyze two human behavior theories. Within this analysis, the discussion will review the history of these theories, their supporters, the stages of acceptance of the theories, and the strengths verses the weaknesses of each theory. Next, the paper will review the social problem...

22 Jul 2009

Immediate needs: A collective analysis of the Violence Against Women Act of 1995

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

The broad policy issue that our committee addressed was violence against women. This issue is often assumed to occur in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV ). However, violence against women is best defined as any act of physical force with the intent to harm, subjugate or abuse...

22 Jul 2009

Cultural competency of adolescent ethnic minority females: Theory, research and practice

Thesis - 9 pages - Social sciences

As the land of immigrants, the United States is arguably in the most need of a culturally competent society. Yet, internationally Americans are increasingly regarded as US-centric (Berzonsky et al., 2003; Fullerton, 2005; Pew Research Center, 2005). Given such issues as teen pregnancy,...

14 Jul 2009

The woman suffrage movement in Canada and liberation deferred? The ideas of the English-Canadian Suffragists, 1877-1918: A comparative book review

Book review - 6 pages - Social sciences

In her work entitled The Woman Suffrage Movement in Canada, Catherine Lyle Cleverdon artfully constructs narrative analysis of a social movement that gained little notoriety outside of Canada. This particular study is extremely helpful because of its ability to use existing information about the...

14 Jul 2009

DPRK and Juche Ideology

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) came to being as a result of a storied history. It was initially ruled by the Korean Empire until it came under Japanese control as a result of the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. Following this, the nation was split up into zones that were occupied by...

14 Jul 2009

The special investigations unit: Policing the police?

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

The Special Investigations Unit in Ontario was instituted in June of 1990 to protect the rights of the accused in any ongoing police investigation. As a unit that is completely independent of any police service, this program is designed to ensure that the civil and human rights of any...

14 Jul 2009

Same-sex marriage: A case commentary

Thesis - 6 pages - Social sciences

The case to be reviewed concerns the legality of Same-Sex Marriage, which was designed to instill and protect certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes. Introduced in July, 2003, the constitutional law was intended to encourage the distribution of legislative power,...

14 Jul 2009

The Annex: A history of how it came to be

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

Toronto is a vibrant city, one that is comprised of very diverse neighborhoods and localized histories. Each specific neighborhood in the city is a product of a unique history and unique circumstances that helped shape the form it takes today. One such neighborhood is the Annex. The Annex...

14 Jul 2009

Ontario budget 2009 & addressing the challenges of the future and crime prevention

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

On March 25, 2009 the Ontario Government tabled its budget for 2009-10. There was much speculation regarding its contents in light of the current recession and prior announcements by the Federal Government with respect to cost-shared infrastructure spending. When it finally did come out it became...

14 Jul 2009

Democracy, globalization and emerging/declining media

Thesis - 5 pages - Social sciences

An important question, right now, according to a recent Globe and Mail article, as well as chatter heard recently while riding the grid-lock streets listening to a taxi driver's radio, is if daily newspapers collapse, is this a sign that democracy is in trouble? Is the increasingly globalized...

14 Jul 2009

Lobbying - Affordable housing in Toronto

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

When attempting to implement a successful lobby, a Member of Parliament can be a good place to start as they are the obvious first link between the electorate and the government. Direct and personal contact is the best way of approaching this MP as they receive many letters and petitions from...

14 Jul 2009

Gender identity and the theory of performativity

Thesis - 3 pages - Social sciences

In her book Gender, Identity and Place, Linda McDowell addresses the question of how gender, identity and geography are intertwined in a shared struggle for power, and how they are reciprocal and interdependent? Her main argument throughout the book is that the notion of gender and identity, that...

14 Jul 2009

Gender socialization

Thesis - 4 pages - Social sciences

From the moment a baby is born, he or she is forced into a world of gender socialization that is often rigid and limiting. Growing up in such a world has consequences for everyone, including how much money will be earned, how power will be divided in relationships, even how long and how well...

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