By Friday, November 29 (11:59 p.m. EST), students will be required to post a blog journal entry about a particular social problem/issue on a weekly basis related to the theme(s) discussed during the week. The post will thoroughly address the following: 
  1. A social problem or issue related to the theme of the week;
  2. A justification of why this particular social problem/issue was selected;
  3. An explanation of how this social problem/issue is relevant to the student AND to society;
  4. A description of the actions taken/that could be taken by the student to personally address/work on this social problem/issue; and
  5. Pose a question to classmates and instructor that is relevant to the blog post for the week.

Peer responses to this post are due on Wednesday, December 4 (11:59 p.m., EST).
 
 
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Estimated pharmaceutical market growth, 2010-2015 (IMS Health, 2011).
By Friday, November 22 (11:59 p.m. EST), students will be required to post a blog journal entry about a particular social problem/issue on a weekly basis related to the theme(s) discussed during the week. The post will thoroughly address the following: 
  1. A social problem or issue related to the theme of the week;
  2. A justification of why this particular social problem/issue was selected;
  3. An explanation of how this social problem/issue is relevant to the student AND to society;
  4. A description of the actions taken/that could be taken by the student to personally address/work on this social problem/issue; and
  5. Pose a question to classmates and instructor that is relevant to the blog post for the week.

Peer responses to this post are due on Wednesday, November 27 (11:59 p.m., EST).
 
 
By Friday, November 15 (11:59 p.m. EST), students will be required to post a blog journal entry about a particular social problem/issue on a weekly basis related to the theme(s) discussed during the week. The post will thoroughly address the following: 
  1. A social problem or issue related to the theme of the week;
  2. A justification of why this particular social problem/issue was selected;
  3. An explanation of how this social problem/issue is relevant to the student AND to society;
  4. A description of the actions taken/that could be taken by the student to personally address/work on this social problem/issue; and
  5. Pose a question to classmates and instructor that is relevant to the blog post for the week.

Peer responses to this post are due on Wednesday, November 20 (11:59 p.m., EST).
 
 
By Friday, November 8 (11:59 p.m. EST), students will be required to post a blog journal entry about a particular social problem/issue on a weekly basis related to the theme(s) discussed during the week. The post will thoroughly address the following: 
  1. A social problem or issue related to the theme of the week;
  2. A justification of why this particular social problem/issue was selected;
  3. An explanation of how this social problem/issue is relevant to the student AND to society;
  4. A description of the actions taken/that could be taken by the student to personally address/work on this social problem/issue; and
  5. Pose a question to classmates and instructor that is relevant to the blog post for the week.

Peer responses to this post are due on Wednesday, November 13 (11:59 p.m., EST).
 
 
By Friday, November 1 (11:59 p.m. EST), students will be required to post a blog journal entry about a particular social problem/issue on a weekly basis related to the theme(s) discussed during the week. The post will thoroughly address the following: 
  1. A social problem or issue related to the theme of the week;
  2. A justification of why this particular social problem/issue was selected;
  3. An explanation of how this social problem/issue is relevant to the student AND to society;
  4. A description of the actions taken/that could be taken by the student to personally address/work on this social problem/issue; and
  5. Pose a question to classmates and instructor that is relevant to the blog post for the week.

Peer responses to this post are due on Wednesday, November 6 (11:59 p.m., EST).
 
 
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Sign posted by the U.S. Forest Service in the Los Padres National Forest, California.
According to Cure Litter (2013) and Livestrong (2013), 75% of U.S. Americans have admitted to littering in the past five years. Approximately $11.5 million is spent on cleaning up about 250 million tons of litter per year. The amount of money spent and the amount of waste we litter is a waste of human resources and energy. Most importantly, litter can potentially cause physical damage to the natural environment, and it can also detrimentally affect the health and well-being of human beings and societies.

Whenever I step out of my home, I am bound to find litter in the hallways, neighborhoods, and streets within the community in which I live and the college/university where I work. It's as if littering has become an acceptable social norm. Since we are studying social problems relevant to the environment this particular week, the stats on littering are quite alarming, and this issue is quite prevalent in my own community, I have decided to address this social problem of littering. It affects all of us, because we share the same common and public areas, and littering within and beyond such spaces is far too common a problem that's often ignored and overlooked. 

As "jazzy" as it might sound, I am carrying gloves and a trash bag with me at all times (on my person/in my car) so that I can remove trash I see in places/areas where it clearly should not be (streets, parks, classrooms, etc.). Of course, I disregard any trash/litter that has already been disposed of via bins and/or other receptacles.

Questions I would like to pose to the class:
  1. Why do you think littering is such a commonly-practiced behavior that is often overlooked and disregarded?
  2. What can you personally do to change your personal habits/behaviors specific to littering? How can you help others do the same?