Need help with my Sociology question – I’m studying for my class.
In this paper you will review Part 1 by applying your learning to a social issue of personal interest. Please make
sure to select a social issue (one involving groups of people/relating to society) and to address that same social
issue throughout the paper.
Please follow the paragraph structure outlined below, and please address every outlined question. Each paragraph
should reflect approximately one page of writing, with the entire paper constituting a streamlined narrative essay.
Paragraph 1: Sociological Thinking (see Writing Assignment #1, Questions 1-2)
o What is the scientific approach to sociological study? What is the interpretive approach?
o Would you study that social issue from the perspective of a scientific or an interpretive
sociologist, and why?
Paragraph 2: Research Methods (see Writing Assignment #2, Questions 1-2)
o What are the various methods that sociologists use to collect data?
o Which (and what) are qualitative methods? Which (and what) are quantitative methods?
o Is that method qualitative or quantitative?
o Is that method reflective of scientific or interpretive sociological concerns?
o What are the strengths and weaknesses of that method?
Paragraph 3: Sociological Theories and Paradigms (see Writing Assignment #3, Questions 1-2)
o What are the foci/concerns of the functionalist paradigm?
o What are the foci/concerns of the conflict theory paradigm?
o What are the foci/concerns of the symbolic interactionist paradigm?
identified in paragraph 1?
Paragraph 4: Conclusion (see Writing Assignment #4, Questions 1-2)
o What is the difference between Mills’ concept of ‘personal trouble’ and his concept of ‘public
o What is the difference between Mills’ concept of ‘history’ and his concept of ‘biography’?