Intro To Sociology

A. Compare an contrast all three of modern social theories (functionalism, conflict theory, and internal sociology) in terms of the following issues:
1. The underlying model (metaphor) used, i.e, what would each theory compare society to? Explain.
2. What is the most important part of society? Expllain.
3. Which makes sense to you? Why?
B. American culture has been describe as materialistic. Pick any of the theories of culture (Sapir-Wholf, functionalism, conflict theory, ecological theory, socio-biology), and use it to explain this materialism.
C. Pick a specific religion with which you are familiar (e.g. Reform Judaism, Southern Baptism, Sunni Muslim, ext.). How would Durkheim explain a few (at least two) of the beliefs of this religion.
D. Describe the relationship between subsistence technology, the social surplus and human history. Pick one society an describe the impact of this set of factors on it.
E. Compare and contrast the conflict theories of Marx and Weber. Apply the theorist to the current problem with terrorism. That is, what do you think each of these would think about the current problems with violence and its relation to the history of the Middle East?
 
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