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This assignment is intended to help you learn to do the following:

  • Describe the influences on emotional experiences and expressions.
  • Research the issue of depression.
  • Identify ways to communicate with those who suffer from depression.


The university recognizes that you are not a psychological clinician, nor will you be one once you successfully complete this assignment. Clinical depression is just one type of disorder that can severely impact communication. The most important outcome of this assignment should be a better understanding about how you should and should not communicate with those suffering from depression.

Note: Your points of advice regarding depression should not come from your own experiences or common sense, but from credible sources such as mental health professionals and academic research.

Action Items

  1. Research the causes, symptoms, and treatments for depression.Note: Depression is similar to, and different from, sadness. This is especially important for interpersonal communication because the behaviors that would help a sad person would not necessarily help a depressed person, and vice versa.
  2. Research the constructive and destructive ways of communicating with those suffering from depression.Note: Research sources should include a combination of books, journal articles, Internet searches, and/or discussions with mental health professionals. Using a variety of sources is important because you are likely to find disagreement among sources on some of these issues.
  3. Prepare a 2-3 page paper that answers the following questions:
    • What is depression, and how is it related to sadness?
    • What are the causes of depression?
    • What are the common symptoms of depression?
    • What therapies exist to treat depression?
    • What are the most constructive and destructive ways of communicating with a depressed person?
  1. Include an introduction and a conclusion.
  2. Include citations from the text where necessary.
  3. Submit this assignment by the due date indicated.

REMEMBER: You want to create a fully developed paper with a logical flow rather than a list of responses to the set of prompts. You may or may not want to respond in the order they are listed here.

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All of the readings assigned in this module relate to social deviance and social control, although the specific focus of each varies. The first selection is Durkheim’s seminal writing from over 100 years ago that analyzes the role of crime in healthy societies. The Chambliss article is a classic study on the impact of labeling and the concept of the self-fulling prophecy in understanding deviant behavior among two groups of male high school students. The article by Loe reflects the trend of medicalization of deviance today and explores how prescriptions drugs are becoming a normalized part of student life. The Lopez article gives an analysis of two types of harassment in the workplace and the types of social control that are used to address the deviance. The final article, by Gottschalk and Gunnesdal, considers the challenges of defining white collar crime and implications for research.

In all of these articles we learn that labeling deviant behavior and socially acceptable behavior occurs in a variety of places. It occurs at the social or cultural level by law-making bodies, and it occurs at the interpersonal level when law enforcement officers decide who will be officially handled and who will be treated as if they were conforming. Labeling can even occur on a case-by-case basis when students or business people decide whether or not cultural definitions of rule-breaking apply to a particular situation.

Obviously, some definitions of behavior carry more weight, such as laws being more powerful than our personal definitions of behavior as deviant or acceptable. A theme that runs through all of these articles is the fact that virtually nothing in this world is inherently deviant (two acts come close to being inherently deviant; all cultures have an incest taboo and no culture condones cold-blooded murder). Rather, deviance is deviance because we say it is at a particular place and time.

Action Items

  1. Complete the assigned readings from Practical Skeptic – Core Concepts, and view all of the multimedia and other materials for this module.
  2. Complete the assigned readings from Practical Skeptic – Reader:
    • Reading 22 – The Normality of Crime
    • Reading 23 – The Saints and the Roughnecks
    • Reading 24 – The Prescription of a New Generation
    • Reading 25 – Power, Status, and Abuse at Work: General and Sexual Harassment
    • Reading 26 – White Collar Crime Research

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This assignment will help you:

  • Define plagiarism.
  • Discuss tools, resources, and strategies that are available to help prevent plagiarism.
  • Submit a paper to, and retrieve feedback from, Turnitin.


This assignment will familiarize you with the University’s policy regarding Academic Integrity and how it relates specifically to plagiarism. It will also introduce you to Turnitin, a tool used by the University to assist faculty and students to ensure that sources are properly cited. You will submit the first draft of your paper, and during this process it will be automatically checked by Turnitin. You’ll receive a report back, make any revisions as needed based on the feedback, and then re-submit your paper for grading.


plagiarism (noun):

  1. A piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work.
  2. The act of plagiarizing; taking someone’s words or ideas as if they were your own.

From this definition of plagiarism, it is quite evident why it cannot be tolerated by the University. Tolerating plagiarism undermines the value of your degree and condones cheating. Please remember that plagiarism also includes submitting an assignment that has previously been submitted by you in another course and/or facilitating academic dishonesty by making your completed assignments available for another student to copy.

For more information on plagiarism, review the Understanding Plagiarism (Links to an external site.) page on the Learning Strategies library website.


To help you to make sure that you have cited all of your sources, you will use Turnitin to check your paper. This service provides you with a report indicating any word-for-word matches between your paper and any material that it has in its database.

If your Turnitin report indicates a high plagiarism match, do not panic! You will have an opportunity to make sure that the source matched by Turnitin has been appropriately cited according to APA citation guidelines. When you revise a section of your paper that has been flagged for possible plagiarism, you have two options:

  • Paraphrase material from your sources more carefully.
  • Create in-text citations that clearly attribute ideas to the original authors.

Action Items

  1. Review the Franklin University policy on academic integrity (Links to an external site.)
  2. Download this sample APA paper template download to use for writing your paper, and review the APA Style Library Guide (Links to an external site.) for assistance with formatting if needed.
  3. Write a 1-page paper responding to the following questions in your own words:
    1. What does plagiarism mean to you?
    2. What are the penalties for academic dishonesty at Franklin University?
    3. What are your own personal reasons for avoiding academic dishonesty?
    4. What tools are available for you at Franklin University to avoid plagiarism?

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