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Alternative Worlds and the Future of International Relations

Throughout the course, we have considered three key international interests: •Security: Involves the use of political, social/cultural, geographic/economic, and military elements of power to protect state and individual interests at home and abroad. •Identity: Comprised of four components: the differences between and among state values/goals, religions, ethnic groups, and governmental/non-governmental organizations. •Economy: Focused on how, when, where, and why money is appropriated and spent and these priorities almost always related to the most important interests of states.

Ultimately, each state in the international system will establish goals and objectives concerning their current and future national interests. Each state will also apply appropriate international relations theories to accomplish impending security, identity, and economic interests. State leaders will routinely utilize different schools of thought concerning international relations to meet upcoming threats and opportunities. For example, along with “What should be done?” leaders must identify “who” will do it (i.e., the State, individuals, ethnic, nationalist, or religious groups, Inter-governmental organizations (IGOs), Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)).

This paper is designed for you to use your critical thinking skills to evaluate potential international relations challenges, apply core international relations theories, and understand how foreign policy is formed and implemented. You will also assess the efficacy of national instruments of power along with the utility of other governmental/non-governmental organizations and international law during the examination of selected future economic, political, military, cultural, and informational trends. Finally, you will develop a recommended solution to plausible international dilemmas.

Throughout this course, we have been discussing the four “alternative worlds” found in the 2012 National Intelligence Council Report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. For this paper, you will choose one of these “worlds,” that you did not discuss in your Week Two Assignment, and analyze this new scenario in your Final Paper. Choose from the following: 1.Stalled Engines: A scenario in which the U.S. and Europe turn inward and globalization stalls. 2.Fusion: A world in which the U.S. and China cooperate, leading to worldwide cooperation on global challenges. 3.Gini-Out-of-the-Bottle: A world in which economic inequalities dominate. 4.Nonstate World: A scenario in which nonstate actors take the lead in solving global challenges.

Assume you are a special representative to the president of the United States assigned with the task of analyzing alternative future scenarios for the White House. Create a report to the president that explains the future scenario and its potential implications to the United States. Your paper should be organized into six sections: 1.Introduce the future scenario you will be describing and provide a brief overview of the main points of the rest of your paper. 2.Explain which international relations theory (or theories) you believe best describes, explains, and predicts the future scenario you choose. 3.Examine a few key security, identity, and economic issues illustrated in this alternative world that could pose as threats to and/or as opportunities for United States’ interests. 4.Provide recommendations on how the United States should prepare for these critical challenges to US national security, identity, and economic interests. Explain what tools (i.e., political, social/cultural, geographic/economic, military elements of power, international organizations, NGO’s) the United States should use to tackle these potential challenges to its goals/objectives. 5.Explain what school of thought (or combinations of schools) would best support the decisions you have made. 6.Conclude your paper with a brief review of your main points and overall argument/thesis.

The paper must be ten to twelve pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must use at least six scholarly resources, including the text and the National Intelligence Council Report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Writing the Final Paper The Final Paper: 1.Must be ten to twelve double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 2.Must include a title page with the following: a.Title of paper b.Student’s name c.Course name and number d.Instructor’s name e.Date submitted

3.Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement. 4.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought. 5.Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis. 6.Must use at least six scholarly resources, including the text and the National Intelligence Council Report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds. 7.Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 8.Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style

Locate your state’s constitution and examine the major elements and articles of the constitution

Locate your state’s constitution and examine the major elements and articles of the constitution. Review its contents and functions. Search for information about the branches of government and the funding sources for your state government. Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that addresses the following: How are the main components of government set up by your state’s constitution? Which branch of your state government seems the most powerful, on paper? What evidence do you use for your choice? Does the state constitution contain a Bill of Rights? If so, what appears to be the most important feature? Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Crime is predominantly an intra-racial event involving victims and offenders of the same race

Assemble a group of 3-5 friends or family members and discuss the following statement from the textbook: “Crime is predominantly an intra-racial event involving victims and offenders of the same race.”

Write a 350- to 700-word summary of the group’s discussion. Be sure to note comments of agreement and disagreement, and include issues of social and economic gaps in society as well as any examples provided and your conclusions.

Format your paper in accordance with APA guidelines.

Hydrofracking” article on this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings page.Is hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, a safe way to extract natural gas? (2011). Issues and Controversies.

Read the “Hydrofracking” article on this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings page.Is hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, a safe way to extract natural gas? (2011). Issues and Controversies.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper based on the Hydrofracking article. Include the following points in your paper: Describe the ways in which different levels of government interrelate. What solution are the different governments trying to achieve? Identify the advantages and disadvantages in the ways that the governments involved work together. Provide a possible solution to the current way of hydrofracking that would be better by having different levels of government work together. Include ways in which communication between the governments might be improved. Identify a way for local and state governments to both stimulate their economies while being respectful of the environment. Provide an example of a current issue near your home that involves multiple governments and the ways in which they do or do not work together effectively. Examples could include environmental, educational, or technological issues. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Describe the positive and negative aspects of nationalism

Nationalism has shaped the world in many aspects. For example, nationalism was at the heart of the rise of Nazi Germany. It was also behind the relatively recent formation of South Sudan. Describe the positive and negative aspects of nationalism. Provide examples of positive and negative nationalism other than those used in this question.

Book-Boyer, M., Hudson, N., & Butler, M. (2012). Global Politics: Engaging in a Complex World. ISBN: 1259816400

Instructional Plan C: Critical Thinking

•  Critical thinking is the learning-strategy objective (you must include the S-number from Fairminded Fran (Coursepack # 14)
•  Choose the most appropriate critical-thinking objective for your target level (if it’s kindergarten, for example, you might use S-11 Comparing analogous situations (“What does this story tell us about what might happen in real life?”) or S-16 Evaluating the credibility of sources of information (“Well, if that character is the bad guy in the story, should we believe the things he says?”)
• You cannot use the following:
  S-14 (word meaning–because most people who use this one just make it be about vocabulary meaning)
  S-28 (for the same reason
  S-29 Noting similarities and differences (too easy)
Please make sure you include direct instruction of the learning strategy AND assessment not only of the language objective, but also of whether they “get” the critical-thinking objective.
Don’t forget you must show the following:
• formative assessment (what are you looking for? How will you know by observing their practice if they get it enough to complete the assignment, or if you need to reteach the whole class?)
• Summative assessment (peer assessment is not enough; the instructor needs to make an assessment of the objectives)

• Grading criteria (how will you know how many points is an A? etc.)

Compose Detailed Outline and Thesis Statement

In this activity, you will post in this discussion a draft outline and tentative thesis statement for a process essay that you will write in Module 9. You have prepared for this activity by reading about process paragraphs earlier in this module.

 

Now it is time to select your topic for the process essay. When thinking of a topic to write about, remember for a good essay you need an introduction paragraph, a minimum of three paragraphs for the body and a conclusion paragraph. And all need to be fully developed. 

 

Some examples topics…how to change a tire, how to write a resume, how to succeed in college, and how to fly an airplane. If you have trouble deciding on a topic, use one of the subjects listed in your textbook on pages 206 or 209.

 

Complete the following steps:

 

1.    Decide on a topic for your process essay. Select one that details how to ____________. Keep in mind that your topic should be one that you can describe in a five-paragraph essay (approximately 500 words).

 

2.    Use a prewriting technique to brainstorm your topic.

 

3.    Create a tentative thesis statement for your essay that clearly states the process you will be describing.

 

4.    Develop an outline for your essay, using the following format:

Thesis Statement:

I. Topic Sentence for the Step One of Process

   A. Specific Evidence

   B. Specific Evidence

   C. Specific Evidence

II. Topic Sentence for the Step Two of Process

   A. Specific Evidence

   B. Specific Evidence

   C. Specific Evidence

III. Topic Sentence for the Step Three of Process

   A. Specific Evidence

   B. Specific Evidence

   C. Specific Evidence

IV. Continue fromat if more steps

Compose a Process Essay Rough Draft

Now that you have developed a thesis statement and outline for a process essay, it is time to write a rough draft. Be sure to take into consideration your instructor and classmates’ comments on your Process Essay outline. As discussed in the last module, a process essay describes how a person does something by breaking down the process in a series of steps.

 

Complete the following steps:

 

  1. Review feedback on your thesis statement and outline you received from your classmates and instructors.
  2. Compose a rough draft of your process essay that includes:
    • an introduction with thesis statement as last sentence
    • a minimum of three paragraph body with topic sentences
    • a conclusion
  3. Go back to your rough draft after a period of time to evaluate and revise your writing based on the “Checklist for Essays” on page 349 of the textbook.
  4. Post your revised rough draft in this discussion.

    ERAU Writing Rubric (PDF) – this is the standard rubric for most Worldwide online courses. Your instructor will use this as a guide to grade your final essay papers.

    Return to the discussion and evaluate at least three of your classmates’ rough drafts of the process essay. Review them for unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. When providing feedback, use the “Checklist for Essays” on page 349 of the textbook. Remember to point out what the writer has done well and any area that could use improvement.

Share your journey: How have your thoughts on cultural diversity and minority changed since the beginning of this course

Share your journey: How have your thoughts on cultural diversity and minority changed since the beginning of this course and what three key writers most influenced that change? Consider the terms we have discussed: cross-culture, diversity, mestiza consciousness, borderlands, minority, majority, etc. Please respond in a five-paragraph APA essay format with quotes, proper in-text citations, and references.

Please respond in a five-paragraph APA essay format with quotes, proper in-text citations, and references.

Please be sure to include the following in your assignment submission:

  • Write a formal, 5-paragraph essay in APA format, including a cover page, in response to this question.Base your answer on your own observations and support your assertions quoting from your assigned readings.
  • Review the assigned readings from the course.Highlight quotes, summarize, or paraphrase from this week’s readings and be sure to include an in-text citation in proper APA format (Author, year, p. X).
  • We must include three quotes from our readings. When we discuss literature, it is all about the words before us. They are ours to consider and reflect on. So, you will want to make a strong assertion and prove it, or support it, by quoting from the readings. Include three quotes in our essay.
  • Create a strong thesis for your essay. A thesis states shares the Author, Title of the piece being explored, and a strong assertion, and ideally will share key discussion points.
  • Be sure to include an APA reference page.

important concepts such as GDP, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy

ECONOMIC GROWTH

 

Pick a recent newspaper article (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc.) that focuses on coca-cola.

 

Describe the event and the issue for your firm. (summarize article by including, who, what, when, and where)

Describe the basic issue and background behind the event.

 

What economic principle(s) can be applied to the event or issue? Identify and briefly describe a specific principle that we have covered in one or more of the modules.

 

How does this event impact the future of the firm or industry? For instance, what do you think would be the future outlook for the firm?

Business Policy and Strategy – CSU (Case Studies – Units I – VII) Pin It Unit I Case Study Read the Cohesion Cas

Business Policy and Strategy – CSU (Case Studies – Units I – VII)

Unit I Case Study

Read the Cohesion Case on pages 27-37 in the course textbook. Create a five- to seven-page PowerPoint presentation in which you

  • briefly describe your view of McDonald’s strategic position, and
  • answer Step 4 of the Assurance of Learning exercise on page 37.

Unit II Case Study

Complete the Assurance of Learning Exercise 3D on page 87 of the course textbook. In addition to completing Steps 1, 2, and 3, summarize your findings in a two-page APA formatted paper and discuss your views of McDonald’s strategic prospects based upon your analysis of the external assessment and consideration of the opportunities to grow, as well as threats from competitors and the macro environment.

Unit III Case Study

Complete the Assurance of Learning Exercises 6A and 6B on page 205 of the textbook. Use the completed SWOT and SPACE matrices to draw conclusions regarding both the long term and short term strategies you would recommend in light of your findings. Summarize in a two-page APA formatted paper. NOTE: It is not necessary to consult other students to complete these exercises in the textbook.

Unit IV Case Study

Complete the four elements of the McDonald’s organization chart exercise in the Assurance of Learning Exercise 7A on page 248 of the textbook. Once the organizational chart recommendation is completed, create at least one high-level objective for each functional group in the organizational chart. State your rationale for each and briefly state how each would be measured. Compile your work into a minimum two-page APA formatted paper.

Unit V Case Study

Read the Assurance of Learning Exercise 8A and 8B on page 282 of the textbook. Prepare a product positioning map, and perform the EPS/EBIT calculations given in 8B. Discuss, in a two-page APA formatted paper, how the product positioning is aligned with McDonald’s corporate strategy. Identify potential gaps in the product line or weaknesses in positioning. Describe the relevance of the EPS/EBIT chart and why it is significant with respect to strategy implementation.

Unit VI Case Study

Follow the instructions for the Assurance of Learning Exercise 9A on page 306 of the textbook. Create a minimum two-page APA formatted paper evaluating McDonald’s strategy. Choose at least one of McDonald’s competitors and discuss its position relative to McDonald’s. Comment on McDonald’s prospects of success against this competitor.

Unit VII Case Study

Complete the Assurance of Learning Exercise 10A on page 326 of the textbook. You will be asked to analyze and to compare and contrast the code of ethics of both Starbuck’s and McDonald’s. Summarize your analysis and findings in a two-page APA formatted paper

Justification Report – Presentation

Now that you have completed your report, it is time to design and present your findings. Your task is to organize and develop the three (3) parts (introduction, body, and closing) of an effective presentation, based on your Justification Report (Assignment 2.3). Chapter 12 in our text provides overall information on presentation format, content, and delivery. Please do not simply cut and paste your justification report content to the slides. Instead develop clear, concise content that enhances your presentation narration or notes. Remember that your slides are meant to be highlights and your audience should not spend a great deal of time reading from the slides but instead listening to you present the concepts.

Create an eight to ten (8-10) slide presentation in which you:

  1. Ensure that your PowerPoint presentation fulfills the appropriate length requirements and professional style requirements.
  2. Open with an engaging introduction of the topic of your report. Include one (1) title slide and one (1) introductory slide.
  3. For the body of your presentation, cover the main points of your report. Create slides that reinforce and illustrate your main ideas. Follow basic design principles for effective slide content.
  4. For your single closing slide, finish with a memorable wrap-up statement that refocuses on the purpose of your report.
  5. Use PowerPoint voice-over and / or the notes section to present your slides.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Include a title slide containing the title of the assignment, your name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The title slide is not included in the required slide length.
  • Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide, and two to three (2-3) relevant graphics (photographs, graphs, clip art, etc.) throughout the presentation, ensuring that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from 18 feet away. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Slides should abbreviate the information in no more than five or six (5 or 6) bullet points each.
  • Slide titles should be based on the criteria being summarized (e.g., “Four Key Attributes,” “Responses to Budget Issues,” etc.).

Assignment Checklist

  • Descriptive titles on each of the slides
  • Text contains concise, precise content
  • Graphics convey the idea described by the slide text
  • Statements in bulleted lists have a parallel structure
  • The font size is easily read from a distance
  • There are no more than three (3) different font styles in the presentation
  • The color and background convey a formal business tone
  • Animation effects are used in moderation
  • There are no misspellings or typographical errors

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Assess strengths and weaknesses in the student’s own oral communication and in the oral communication of others.
  • Use sentence variety, effective word choice, and correct grammar in oral communication.
  • Analyze verbal and nonverbal techniques that enhance oral communication within a business and / or professional context.

Psychology of Employee Benefits

According to the Department of Labor (DOL), the number one reason people leave their jobs is lack of appreciation. · In the first half of 2010, 54% of organizations involuntarily lost high-performing employees with 88% of these employees surveyed citing lack of acknowledgment as their top work issue These figures illustrate that a troubling percentage of employees who feel undervalued move on to what they hope will be greener pastures. From the information contained in chapters one and two regarding the psychological impact on employees and the above information from DOL, provide at least two recommended ideas, suggestions, etc. you as the HRM could do to reduce the number of employees from leaving a company or organization for these reasons?

Presentation on Waste Management (recycling, landfills, toxic waste, etc) BIO

Research

Browse sites related to your topic, as you browse the sites related to your topic, think about the following questions that you will need to include in your final project presentation:

  • What is the problem? How do we know there is a problem (what evidence is there)?
  • What causes the problem?
  • What are the possible future effects of the problem? How will it effect the world?
  • What is being done to solve the problem? Are there laws related to the topic?
  • What can an individual do to help?

Objective: Create an environmental issue PowerPoint presentation. The presentation can only have a maximum of 10 slides.

 

Presentation

Title and your name
Attention Grabber – put a thought provoking question or image here
Explain the topic, what is the problem and why is it a problem (do NOT copy and paste information from other websites, use your own words.) Include images to help explain your points and to make your slides more interesting
Explain what can be done (or what is being done) to solve the problem. You may want to include specific laws and regulations related to your topic here.
What can one individual do to help? Offer advice and tips to the class about how individuals can help to solve the problem or promote awareness.

Applied Final Project – Annotated Fermented Food Full Course Menu

Addresses Outcomes #1, #2, and #3

  • Recognize fermented food and beverage products in our daily lives and use the underlying scientific knowledge of these products as a guide for their optimal production and/or consumption.
  • Use the understanding of growth conditions of bacteria and fungi to protect food products from undesired spoilage or promote desired fermentation.
  • Use knowledge of the natural interactions that occur between humans and microbes in our environment to assist in making health promoting dietary decisions.

For this assignment, you will select 4 fermented foods to include in a full course dinner menu. Not every dish in the menu needs to be fermented, but 4 fermented products have to be included. The menu should have an appealing design, and foods selected should make a well-rounded meal. For each of the fermented products on the menu, the following annotations should be included:

  • Brief history of the social origin of the product.
  • Description of how the product was made, including microbes involved and fermentation products.
  • Health benefits associated with consuming the product.

A separate references page should also be included.