SOC 450   Week 10 Assignment – Critical Threats to the Global Environment

SOC 450   Week 10 Assignment – Critical Threats to the Global Environment

Final Date to Submit:  Monday, August 12th ADA students: Thursday, August 15th.

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Class, you must plan to submit no later than August 12th (Week 11) because this is the final week of the course. Please do not submit late papers.

Summary (See Rubric information in the SOC 450 Student Course Guide) Please Read all four pages of information for this assignment.


The United Nations has continued to retain you as a consultant for a project that deals with climate and the environment. Most developed countries see the dangers of releasing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and are committed to climate policies that attain a carbon-free future in the next 30 years. They already see the damaging effects that this gas alone is having on the living conditions of crops, wildlife, and humans. As a result, many member states are dissatisfied with the progress of the eight Millennium Development Goals for international development that they established in 2000.

The member states see a substantial disconnect between several issues that developed and developing countries believe are priorities. For example, Burundi wants one of the goals to focus on food security, while Austria is adamant that a major global issue should be the negotiation of ceasefires in countries during civil wars.

The UN wants you to work from the list below and prioritize two of the global community’s threats that it deems the most serious to environmental stability.

Instructions for research and writing this assignment:

Step 1 Select two (2) threats of the 8 threats: Listed Below. The following eight threats are issues that the United Nations Council believe to be the most serious to global security. Some of these threats apply to the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, while others are limited primarily to developing countries. Regardless of where these threats are concentrated, your job as a consultant is to identify two of them that you consider the most critical to the globe’s population.

Eight (8) Issue Options

  1. The use of fossil fuels as an energy source.
  2. Globalization.
  3. Insufficient educational opportunities in developing countries.
  4. A lack of access to technology.
  5. Civil war (NOT the U.S. Civil War).
  6. The rise in oceans’ levels.
  7. Covid-19 and the global pandemic. (Use factual science-based information).
  8. The dangers of poor countries remaining poor

Step 2

Write a minimum of an 8-page persuasive paper about your two threats.

You may select one developing country (from Week 6) or choose another developing country (for at least one of your two threats). You may choose from the World Bank List of Developing Countries (see Course Information in BlackBoard).

Write an introduction paragraph of at least one-half page in length identifying the two threats you have selected and the purpose of the paper. Then, for the two threats you chose:

  1. Identify the factors that make it such a serious risk to the global environment that you would choose to present it to the UN
  2. Analyze the role that humans have played in aggravating this threat to the Earth’s environment.
  3. Suggest initiatives that the global community can take to mitigate the worst effects of this environmental threat.
  4. Write a conclusion paragraph of at least one-half page in length that summarizes your impressions of these risks for global stability.


  1. This course requires the use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). For assistance and information, please refer to the SWS link in the SOC 450 course and check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  2. To earn full credit, the answers to each of the three questions must be at least two full pages long, yielding six pages of written content.1) You must also include the one-half page introduction and 2) one-half page conclusion/discussion at end of the paper, adding up to one page of content.

3) You must include a current graph or table (see 5, below), one page in length.

4) Include a properly formatted Title page, and 5) Include a complete Source/Reference page.

Your finished document should contain at least 6 pages of content,

The entire paper will be a minimum of eight pages of content material. Do not include the actual instructions questions, use a few words from the questions (to indicate the topic or threat) as a sub-heading label. Clearly LABEL each section and provide proper formal paper formatting (paragraphs etc.) Check the grammatical organization of your paper (sentence structure, spelling etc.)

  1. You must use at least seven current credible sources (do not include Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedias) that are appropriate for the subjects under discussion. Do not use Wikipedia or Wiki sources, or blogs! Reference sources should not be older than 7 years.
  2. Use only double-spacing and not place extra spacing between paragraphs or section headings.
  3. As part of your answer to any one of the questions, you must include a graph, table or chart using quantifiable data that supports your argument. You need only one (1) graph for the entire assignment, and although you may download this item from the Internet, it may be no longer than one page in length. You must explain beneath the graph (what the data or graph information means) otherwise, it will be of no use to the reader.




1) Include a Title page with the following information (Title of Assignment, Student’s Full Name, Strayer University, Date of Submission, Professor’s name: Dr. G. Royal-Smith).

2) The body of your paper (written content) must contain properly cited intext citations throughout the paper—not just for direct quotes. When using direct quotes limit to two or three lines of content (at most) and do not employ more than 5 direct quotes for the entire paper. 

3) This assignment must contain a page of properly cited references sources titled as the Reference/Source List page.

4) This paper must be submitted to the SafeAssign Plagiarism Program via BlackBoard.   Papers that are not submitted, cannot be opened for grading, or cannot be read in SafeAssign due to incompatibility with the SA program may receive a zero score.  It is the student’s responsibility to submit a GRADE READY paper and to make sure that the paper is BlackBoard compatible.

5) Week 10 Assignment Papers must be submitted on time. Please consider your FIRST submission as Final because the Quarter ends in Week 11.  Once the assignment area closes, it will remain closed.  Late Papers may be penalized according to Strayer University and SOC 450 Late Assignment policies.

6) Assignments must be the original work of students utilizing credible and properly cited sources. Students will be notified of very high similarity scores, or other irregularities contained in the submitted assignment.  Assignment papers that are deemed to be plagiarized will be further evaluated by Dr. Royal-Smith and the Office of Student Affairs (Academic Integrity). If plagiarism is substantiated, the Office of Student Affairs will provide recommendations including (but not limited to) a failing grade for the assignment or other actions.

7) Please take this assignment seriously, follow ALL instructions. The assignment will require planned time management for research and drafting. Please submit by the final due date.


The specific course learning outcome associated with this assignment is as follows:

Propose suggestions for mitigation initiatives that address the threats to the stability of the global environment.

If you have questions about this assignment, please feel free contact me.

Dr. Royal-Smith



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