SOC 450 Week 6 Discussion: Feeding the World

SOC 450 Week 6 Discussion: Feeding the World

SOC 450 Week 6 Discussion: Feeding the World

Feeding the World

This week you learned that though there is, in fact, enough food available to feed the entire world every day, this is not happening for various reasons. Look at the community in which you live. If food became inaccessible to your community, how would that affect your day-to-day life? How would it affect the immediate community?

SOC 450 Week 7 Discussion: The Evolution of a Technical Solution

The Evolution of a Technical Solution

Consider how technology has evolved in your life. These changes may impact how we can work to find solutions for the global threats discussed so far. If we could remove the current boundaries of technology and look into the future, how would you use technology to resolve one of these global threats?

Week 8 Discussion: Using Technology to Improve the Future – SOC 450

Using Technology to Improve the Future

The benefits of technology to humans are almost too numerous to list. As with anything, there are downsides to this advancement. Examine a misuse of technology that you have observed within the global community.


SOC 450 Week 9 Discussion: One Breath at a Time

One Breath at a Time

This week you watched three videos, each on a topic of pollution. Of these three types of pollution, which do you believe you could influence most? Which would be the most manageable at the individual level? Explain your reasoning.

SOC 450 Week 10 Discussion: Getting Thirsty

Getting Thirsty

Water covers 75% of the Earth’s surface, but most of it contains high concentrations of salt and is unavailable. Desalination is expensive for developing countries, making that salt water unsuitable for consumption or irrigation. Consequently, access to fresh water is a growing issue as countries share the same water sources. This even has the potential to become an issue of national security.

Think of the issues that come from circumstances in which countries share the same water source. For example, consider disputes over the Jordan river between Jordan and Israel, or the Tigris River between Iraq and Turkey.

Now consider what would happen if your state or community had only limited fresh water access. How involved do you feel local governments should be in controlling water access?

SOC 450 Week 11 Discussion – Making It Personal

Making It Personal

This course studied the major threats to global well-being. In the readings, media, and assignments, you were challenged to consider your stand on the issues covered each week. In your personal life, what global issue (if any) affects you most today?

Reflect and share the steps you can take to prevent this issue from coming closer to home.


Question 1

Which of the following is a true statement?

Question 2

Which is most likely to occur if we continue with current practices in farming and resource usage?

Question 3

Which part of the world has seen the most significant decrease in the number of people living in extreme poverty since 1981? Refer to the charts in Figure 2.2 (pg 54 of your textbook).

Question 4

At the present rate of economic growth in the developed world, what can we expect for the future?

Question 5

Which of the following factors contributes most to soil erosion?

Question 6

Based on Figure 3.2 in your textbook, which of the following countries have a relatively high dependency on agricultural output for their Gross Domestic Product (GDP)?

Question 7

The primary function of GATT (General Agreement on Tarrifs and Trades) was to:

Question 8

According to your textbook, what factor is most likely to contribute to a global food shortage?

Question 9

Current United Nations models of global population growth and food production lead to the prediction that:

Question 10

If we need to grow 50 percent more food to supply the Earth’s population increase by 2030, what is the most likely result?