If the question is asking you to engage directly with a point brought up in an article please make sure to do so/address the reading.
Please make sure your response is succinct, well argued and analyzed and is tightly edited.
Please ensure that you provide engaging examples and that your explanations are clear.
Your response should be well organized (a beginning/introduction, middle/thesis, and end/conclusion)
be relevant, not rambling; concise, not confused; and organized, not ordinary
The paper should be more conversational in tone than academic or formal in tone. This means :
a. You may use the first person
b. You may use your own opinion, as long as it is based on something other than your personal
Preference or whimsy (In my opinion, vanilla ice cream is the best, but what the heck does that
Have to do with ANYTHING)?
c. Avoid jargon but do not avoid common terms
I expect the paper to comply with the following formatting guidelines:
A) Papers MUST be typed and double-spaced in 12pt font. Your paper will have margins of no greater than 1 all around (2.54cm for all of you Metric fans). In addition, you are to have no more than two spaces between paragraphs.
B) Provide a cover page
In keeping with the recent changes announced by the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of
Sociology references and any other sources you cite need to follow the guidelines of the
Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS). CMoS hosts an excellent website that provides detailed
instructions for formatting your paper and references. You may find their on-line citation guide
1.) There are three different theoretical perspectives that have developed as a way for us
to understand our social world: functionalism, or structural-functionalism; conflict, or Marxist;
and symbolic-interactionist, sometimes referred to as constructionist or interpretive.
a. Compare and contrast these three perspectives, in particular noting their assumptions
about the structure of the social world AND the importance of power;
b. Theory is fine for academics and students, but we seldom refer to them in everyday
Interactions. Using ONE of the theoretical perspectives described above, provide an
example of how it impacts your life or the lives of others in your community.
1.) Why is social structure so important? It is said that our culture is typified
by wanting there to be more and more certainty and less and less ambiguity.
a. Define social structure;
b. Is social structure the same as social control or are they more interrelated?
c. Use the blog post by Sally Raskoff and her analysis of the saga of the Chilean Miners to
support your argument. http://nortonbooks.typepad.com/everydaysociology/2010/09/the-significance-of-social-structure.html
d. Who decides what the structure of our culture will look like? (Hint, use the image below from
Leviathan to help you answer this question)
e. What is my reasoning for not allowing the use of the term Society when discussing
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