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Assignment 1 (Spring 2016) (55 points) Answer all questions

This assignment will be graded on content, clarity, organization, spelling and basic grammatical errors.


Please note that your answer to this assignment should be in the form of short answers supported by examples.


Please number your answers and separate your answers. For example 1a should be separated from 1b, and 1c.


Just listing point will not earn you a pass mark.


Support all your answers with concrete examples.


Each definition must be supported by an example.


CHECK THE SYLLABUS FOR DUE DATE FOR ASSIGNMENT 1

NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE ALLOWED AFTER THE DUE DATE.


1a. What is sociology? (2 points)


1b. Based on your knowledge in this course discuss the meaning of sociological perspective. (5 points)


1c. What is the difference between positivism and social darwinism? (3 points)


2a. What are difference between symbolic interactionism perspective, functional analysis, and conflict theory? (10 points)


2b. What are the differences between manifest, latent and dysfunctions (5 points)


3. Based on your knowledge in this course, differentiate between the following pair of terms in research methods: (10 points)

hypothesis and a theory

independent variable and dependent variable

validity and reliability

survey and participant observation

sample and a population

random sampling and experimental method

Control and experimental groups






4. Based on your knowledge in this course, differentiate between the following pair of sociological concepts: (10 points)


a. Material and non-material culture

b. Ethnocentrism and cultural relativism

c. Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and symbolic culture

d. Mores and folkways

e. Values and norms

f Subculture and counterculture

g. Cultural diffusion and cultural leveling

h. Ideal and real culture




5. Based on your knowledge in this course, differentiate between the following pair of sociological concepts: (10 points)

a. Socialization and gender socialization

b. Anticipatory socialization and total institutions

c. Agents of socialization and re-socialization

d. Freud's theory of personality and "the Looking-Glass Self



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