Potential Essay Questions for Exams 1-3

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1SOC 101: Potential Essay Questions for Exams 1-3 Exam 1 1) Briefly discuss the origins, history and central assumptions of the idea of progress. How did King Leopold of Belgium use this idea to justify the plundering of the Congo and the murder, enslavement and exploitation of its people? 12) Briefly discuss Marx’s theories of human nature and history. How can these theories help us understand the ongoing process of globalization and the student movement against sweatshops which has arisen to contest the inequality and exploitation associated with globalization? Can you identify any shortcomings of Marx’s theory? Exam 2 11) Discuss Emile Durkheim’s theory of human nature and his theory of progress (including his concepts of social pathology). How would Durkheim use these theories to explain the early history and current conditions in East St. Louis, Illinois? 21) Discuss Max Weber’s approach to sociology. Using Weber’s concepts, explain the origins of al Qaeda. 13) What is constructivism? How do the various constructivist theorists discussed in this course
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Unformatted text preview: help us to understand the social interactions taking place in the Malaysian village of Sedaka as described by James C. Scott in Weapon’s of the Weak ? Exam 3 11) What is postmodernism? Discuss some of the similarities and differences between the various postmodern theorists addressed in the course. How do these theorists help us to understand the movie “12 Monkeys.” 12) Discuss some of the similarities and differences between the various feminist theorists addressed in the course. How do these theorists help us to understand the changes taking place in the Central Himalaya mountains as discussed in Manjari Mehta’s article “Our Lives Are No Different From That of Our Buffaloes”? 13) Using concepts derived from evolutionary theory and the constructivist literature on social movements explain the origins, growth and diversification of the U.S. environmental movement....
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