SOC 480 Discussion Question with Answers Week 1 to 8

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SOC 480 Topic 1 Discussion Question 1

Read the “GCU Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work.” GCU believes that our work within the world matters to God and we honor God by serving in ways that promote human flourishing. How does this philosophy mesh with sociology and social work?

SOC 480 Topic 1 Discussion Question 2

The textbook explains the connection between human rights, social justice, and research. Explain how research is used to analyze how current social problems develop and how research helps explain them. How does research connect with sociology and social work? How does research assist in explaining how social problems develop?


SOC 480 Topic 2 Discussion Question 1

After reading the Research Ethics Chronology in Chapter 2 of the textbook, explain how cultural competency should contribute to ethical behavior. What are some of the consequences that arise from a lack of cultural competency?

SOC 480 Topic 2 Discussion Question 2

In research, explain why it is important for ethics to be applied. What could be some of the consequences of lack of ethics in research?


SOC 480 Topic 3 Discussion Question 1

Access and read the “Mock Community” case study. Explain if the existing program within the community addresses the needs of the target population effectively or not. How could community involvement in the program be improved? Propose some activities that meet the needs of the target population of this program. Propose a mission statement/vision for the existing program within the community.

SOC 480 Topic 3 Discussion Question 2

In the “Mock Community” case study, explain if the program is a single-subject (system) design or not. What are some pros and cons to using a single-subject design to evaluate a client or policy? Next, propose an effective program structure that addresses the needs of the target population within the Mock Community.


SOC480 Topic 4 Discussion Question 1

After reading “Prepared for Practice? Graduating Social Work Students’ Reflections on Their Education, Competence and Skills,” what is meant by theory in sociology and social work? What are the purposes of theory in social sciences? For your social problem analysis, what theories are you using to guide your research and why?

SOC_ 480 Topic 4 Discussion Question 2

After reading about research methods, explain what part of the research analysis proves most challenging for you. Why? Select an article from the assigned readings and suggest the theory-based research question the research used. Did the research answer the question? Explain your answer.


SOC480 Topic 5 Discussion Question 1

For this discussion, consider the social problem of poverty among older adults in rural communities. Describe possible theories for the causes of poverty among older adults in rural communities on a macro level. Next, compose a possible research question. Which research method would you use to research possible causes and solutions to the social problem of poverty among older adults in rural communities? Explain your answer.

SOC480 Topic 5 Discussion Question 2

For this discussion, consider the social problem of crime among female adolescents in rural communities. Describe some possible theories for causes of crime among female adolescents in rural communities on a macro level. Next, compose a possible research question. List some of the research methods one would use to research crime among female adolescents in rural communities. What might be some of the practical, ethical, and theoretical issues that could hinder you from conducting research for this population? Explain your answer.


SOC480 Topic 6 Discussion Question 1

Access and read the “GCU Statement on the Integration of Faith and Work.” GCU believes that the Christian is to use his or her gifts, talents, and skills as well as resources to restore broken lives and communities. Next, access and review the “Mock Community” case study. Explain how a social worker with a Christian worldview, working in the mock community, could contribute to needed change in that community. Lastly, provide some examples of this philosophy in action.

SOC_480 Topic 6 Discussion Question 2

Describe the social issue you are analyzing for your capstone proposal. Next, explain how a social worker with a Christian worldview can conduct research on your selected social issue as well as be involved in direct practice while still adhering to the code of ethics and respecting the client’s rights and dignity.


SOC480 Topic 7 Discussion Question 1

After reviewing the five basic types of reliability on page 154 of the textbook, comment on each as it relates to your research.

SOC_480 Topic 7 Discussion Question 2

Review the four different subtypes of measurement validity on page 155 of the textbook. Identify which subtypes you will include in your research and provide a rationale for each included.


SOC480 Topic 8 Discussion Question 1

Part of the process of doing research is adding to the body of literature through publication, sharing research through public professional presentations, or using the media. If you were to disseminate your research, what specific sources would you target (choose at least one professional journal, one upcoming local or national professional conference, and one media source)? Identify and comment on the requirements for submission of each source.

SOC_480 Topic 8 Discussion Question 2

How could your research contribute to Social Change? After completing your research plan, was there any step/choice you would change along the way and why? How do you think the change might affect your research?

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