Friday, March 6, 2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MOBILITY


The Encyclopedia Britannica defines social mobility as “the movement of individuals, families or groups through a system of social hierarchy or stratification". It is often described as one of the most important indicators of whether the society is indeed a welfare society. Everyone therefore agrees that it is highly desirable and that the lack of it bodes ill for society. Do your research to better understand the concept. Then discuss the factors that enhance social mobility, the danger of lack of social mobility and the measures that can be taken to increase it.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Is America dreaming? Understanding social mobility” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2XFh_tD2RA
·         “Social mobility: climbing the ladder” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohIk3IELXF8
Reading material to make notes on:
·         “Social mobility: the meaning, types and factors responsible for social mobility” http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/sociology/social-mobility-the-meaning-types-and-factors-responsible-for-social-mobility/8539/
·         “The American myth of social mobility” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-steven-friedman/class-mobility_b_1676931.html
·         “Obstacles to social mobility weaken equal opportunity and economic growth, says OECD study”
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “Social mobility definition and types: intragenerational versus intergenerational and horizontal versus vertical mobility” http://study.com/academy/lesson/social-mobility-definition-and-types-intragenerational-vs-intergernerational-vertical-vs-horizontal.html
·         “The truth about social mobility” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyIMwzHuiCU

·         “Is education the answer to social mobility?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljrl76ni0zE

HOW TO IMPROVE CONCENTRATION


Problems with concentration are becoming increasingly common in the modern world as there are so many distractions. However, lack of concentration is a big handicap to success as it delays or hinders the completion of the job at hand, which in turn seriously impacts both the individual and the people he is working with. How can concentration be improved? Do your research and write an essay in which you suggest solutions.
Test yourself:
·         “Concentration and focus skills test” http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1336
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Reading material to make notes on:
·         “Improve your concentration” http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_78.htm This text comes with a brilliant video which you should watch.
·         “How to focus: 4 proven tricks to improve concentration” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/how-to-focus_n_3795523.html
Videos to watch and make notes on:

·         “How to improve your concentration” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc3fqkwHWJA

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER, CAUSES, EFFECTS AND SOLUTIONS


Social anxiety or social phobia, a now much more widely recognized issue is said to be one of the most common mental health issues worldwide and can be truly debilitating for the sufferers. Impacting every aspect of their lives, social anxiety disorder seriously restricts interaction with the social environment, which in turn leads to misery and loneliness. What is social anxiety disorder and do you suffer from it? What are the causes and how can it be treated? Do your research and find out; then write your essay.รง
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Social anxiety” https://prezi.com/xgdvgass9wxx/social-anxiety/   
Take the test:
Reading material to make notes on: causes, effects, solutions
·         Social anxiety disorder” http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/social-anxiety-disorder/basics/definition/con-20032524 Keep clicking the arrow at the end of each section to continue.
Reading material to make notes on: case studies:
·         “Case study social anxiety disorder” http://at-ease.dva.gov.au/veterans/resources/case-studies/case-study-social-anxiety-disorder/
·         “Case studies: social phobia” http://www.psydoctor.com/2008/08/case-studies-social-phobia.html
Documentary to watch and make notes on:
·         “Social anxiety disorder: case studies and treatment” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWTGoXWGyrk  


Thursday, March 5, 2015

ARE WE GETTING DUMBER OR SMARTER?


What is happening to our levels of intelligence as a species? Are we getting dumber or smarter? Do your research and find out then write an essay in which you put forward your point of view and support it.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Reading material to make notes on:

           
Videos to watch and make notes on:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE MUST THEY HAVE BEEN?


The Willard Asylum for the Insane was founded in 1869 and closed in 1995. All who worked at the institution had a very warm and close relationship with the inmates whose cases and belongings they carefully preserved. Years later, these cases, 400 in number, and their contents were all photographed and carefully documented for posterity.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Now, access the following site: http://www.willardsuitcases.com/  and read about the details of the project by clicking http://www.willardsuitcases.com/faq . Then click ‘cases’ and select a suitcase (http://willardsuitcases.photoshelter.com/gallery-list ). Examine the content and write about the owner. Who was he/she? What conclusions can we draw about this person from the contents of the case? Write a paragraph. 
This is a writing task where you will need to use the following:
·         Past forms of modals
·         The conditionals

·         Words and structures that help express relationships of cause and effect

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HOW CAN MOTIVATION BE INCREASED?


Lack of motivation both in personal life and in public life and the business world causes untold sorrow, lack of fulfillment and stagnation. Progress, innovation and creativity are impossible without motivation; neither is happiness and satisfaction in the true sense. Do your research and write about how to increase self motivation and / or how to motivate others.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Essential strategies to increase motivation” https://prezi.com/aqkbdu4yo_6w/essential-strategies-to-increase-motivation/ 
·         “Motivating employees” https://prezi.com/pwnownaycqjz/motivating-employees/  
Reading material to make notes on: self motivation
·         “The origins of motivation: it’s in your head” http://lifehacker.com/how-to-harnass-your-brains-dopamine-supply-and-increas-1496989326
·         “Motivation is a muscle: the 7 best ways to substantially increase your productivity” http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2013/11/06/motivation-is-a-muscle-the-7-best-ways-to-substantially-increase-your-productivity
Reading material to make notes on: motivating others
·         “7 Ways to foster employee motivation today” http://humanresources.about.com/od/motivationrewardretention/a/employee_motivation.htm
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “How to get motivated – creating a consistent drive for high performance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAPBunVnXuA
·         “10 Ways to stay motivated” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5AWfSGOMDc
·         “100 ways to motivate yourself by Steven Chandler” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPimZfAoX3Y
Videos to watch and make notes on: motivating others
·         “Ten ways to motivate employees” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GiuysFb-iY

·         “Victor Holman: how to motivate employees and build employee morale” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsSkP6cOxg  

Monday, March 2, 2015

WHAT TYPE OF LEADER OR MANAGER WOULD YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH AND WHY?


According to experts, there are various different leadership styles but which one is best? Is a combination of various leadership styles better than any specific one? Do your research and decide. Then write an essay in which you defend your choice and refute counterarguments.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Leadership styles ”  https://prezi.com/rbtpe81hxjjj/leadership-styles/
Animation:
·         “Leadership styles”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GoPgcTs1iI

Reading material to annotate or make notes on:
·         “5 Different types of leadership style” http://smallbusiness.chron.com/5-different-types-leadership-styles-17584.html
·         “Types of leadership styles” http://www.academia.edu/474807/Types_of_Leadership_styles
·         “Leadership style matrix” http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/leadership-style-matrix.htm
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·          “Best leadership style for continuous improvement” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsK--Fs5I40
·          “The 5 leadership styles” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP6nE1pXVQM
·         “Types of leadership styles” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_clro5RXqM
“Different leadership styles” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJS-x2BsvY8