Applying the Sociological Perspectives Essay ($7)

SOC/100

While reading Chapter 1, become familiar with the three major sociological perspectives because you will be asked to use them repeatedly throughout the course. Try to think of these theoretical perspectives, not as true or false, but as useful or less useful for a particular circumstance. You can think of them like lenses. You would not use a microscope to look at stars, nor would you use a telescope to look at tissue samples. Each of these perspectives offers unique insights.

Use all three perspectives (functionalism, conflict and interactionism) to analyze one of the following issues: fraternities and sororities, social networking sites, or employer/employee relations.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word essay in which you complete the following:

  • Give a brief introduction that identifies the issue you have chosen and why.
  • Describe in three separate paragraphs how each perspective would view or explain the issue.
  • Include elements of culture in your analysis. 
  • Provide a conclusion that discusses which perspective you think is most applicable to the issue or how the three perspectives complement one another in understanding the issue.

Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines

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