Sociology G100: Assignment #1

Instructor: Lisa Gaetje

In class, we discussed three key theories of sociology: structural-functionalism, social conflict theory and symbolic interactionism.  For this assignment, you will need to select a social issue or problem.  Briefly describe the problem, select a theory and apply the theory to the social problem you chose.  Your paper should be approximately 3 pages in length, typed, and double-spaced.  No outside research is required.  I am less interested in your accuracy in describing the social problem than I am in your application of the selected theory. 

  • All paper should be 12 pt. font and double-spaced.
  • Though citations are not required, any outside source must be cited according to APA format.
  • Papers should be written in third person.

The following rubric will be used to grade your paper:

Rubric for Soc G100 Assignment #1 Points
Utilizes an introduction paragraph, including an introduction of the topic and theory 3
Describes the social problem adequately 10
Describes the theory and its key components 10
Effectively relates the theory to the social problem 15
Utilizes an adequate conclusion paragraph 3
Paper is well-organized and flows through ideas in a logical manner 3
Sentence structure and syntax meet college-level standards 3
Spelling and grammar meet college-level standards 3

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