Pages: 5 -6; 20- 21; 23 - 24; 38 LO: 4 The following are suggested areas for students to address in the essay:The differences among groups (male vs. female, black vs. white, etc.)How each of the three theories would analyze the issueThe warning signs of suicide4.A number of Europeans were important in establishing sociology. Discuss these figures in terms of their contributions. Pages: 10 – 16 LO: 1 The following are suggested areas for students to address in the essay: Auguste Comte: founder of sociology, social statics and social dynamics, positivism Herbert Spencer: social Darwinism, survival of the fittest, Theory of Evolution Emile Durkheim: social facts, anomie Karl Marx: clash between groups, class conflict, bourgeoisie vs. proletariat Max Weber: sociology as value-free, study of bureaucracies Georg Simmel: group size (dyad vs. triad), industrialization and urbanization 5.A major difference between the theoretical perspectives is the level of analysis. Identify the focus of the three major perspectives (functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist). What are criticisms of each? Pages: 20 – 24 LO: 12 The following are suggested areas for students to address in the essay: Define the functionalist perspective Apply the concepts of manifest function, latent function, and dysfunctions Define the conflict perspective Identify what might be the scarce resources involved in the conflict Define the symbolic interactionist perspective Identify the criticisms of each. 31
The Sociological Perspective and Research Process 6.Discuss the major research methods used by the sociologist. Pages: 24 – 36 LO: 14 The following are suggested areas for students to address in the essay: Survey research: what it is, advantages and disadvantages Secondary Analysis of Existing Data: what it is, advantages and disadvantages Field Research: differing types, advantages and disadvantages Experiments: what it involves, advantages and disadvantages 32
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