Most Meaningful Parts of the Theories (M&Ms)
Directions: In this assignment, you will examine three sociological theories (perspectives): functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist.
1. Read Chapter 1 of your text (OpenStax, 2017). Pay particular attention to pages 14-18. Additional information about each theory is included on the attached resource pages.
2. As you read about each theory, identify two or three most meaningful parts (M&Ms) from your perspective (i.e., the way you view the theory).
3. For each theory, record your M&Ms in the space provided.
4. Use two or three sentences to describe each of your M&Ms and why it’s meaningful to you.
5. Use complete sentences and correct spelling and grammar.
6. Submit your complete worksheet in Blackboard.
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Three Main Sociological Theories: Additional Resources
I have a theory about that!
A theory is a prediction, description, or broad explanation about why events, behaviors, or situations are happening. The building blocks of a theory are concepts (ideally well defined), constructs, and propositions. Concepts are concrete or observable. They are names or words that are assigned to behaviors, things, or events (e.g., tree, chair, table, computer). They allow us to distinguish among events. Constructs are abstractions that have no physical referent (e.g., freedom, anxiety, intelligence). They are built from the logical connections among a number of observable concepts. Propositions express relationships among two or more concepts or constructs. The relationships form the theory.
Figure 1 The Building Blocks of Theory
Fact vs. Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… EXPLAINED!
Figure 2 When you combine all these concepts, it will surely rain!
Three Main Sociological Theories
Chapter 1 of your text (OpenStax, 2017) provides a brief overview of three sociological theories or perspectives: functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist. Sociologists use each of these theories as lenses to predict or explain why something occurs in society. Clicking on the hyperlinks below will bring you to additional information about each perspective.
Figure 3 Kahn Academy YouTube video https://youtu.be/-83vVeSC2_g (5:41 minutes)
Figure 4 Kahn Academy YouTube video https://youtu.be/LPYTndFFTko (4:37 minutes)
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Figure 5 Kahn Academy YouTube video https://youtu.be/Ux2E6uhEVk0 (3:34 minutes)
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