Essay Cove

Essay Cove

Throughout this course, we have discussed three major sociological perspectives—functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism—and have seen how each perspective approaches various topics such as race and class. Write an essay (1,000-1,400 words long, approximately 3-4 double-spaced pages) detailing which perspective you agree with the most, and why. In other words, in your opinion, which perspective is especially useful for understanding and analyzing society?
Begin by describing some of the major characteristics and assumptions of the perspective you have chosen. This should be based on your notes from the textbook and course material and not from outside sources.
You should then devote a significant portion of your essay to discussing three examples of social phenomena that illustrate the usefulness of the perspective you have chosen and that support your argument for why it is an especially useful perspective. Among these examples, you must draw from at least two readings from the course. At least one of these course readings must be a reading in the syllabus schedule that is not from the textbook.
For your third example, introduce and discuss at least one newspaper or magazine article from outside the course that is related in some way to the perspective you’ve chosen to discuss and that demonstrates the perspective’s usefulness. The article must be from a credentialed and established news media source with wide readership (e.g., the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc). Blogs from study sites such as ThoughtCo, Study.com, or Lumen Learning, or from less reputable sources such as medium.com are NOT acceptable. Briefly describe what the article is about, or its main argument. Then, spell out the specific way(s) it connects to your perspective. Make sure to include a link to the article in your Works Cited section.
Mark the first sentence in which you discuss each example in bold to make it clearly identifiable.
IMPORTANT:
Use specific and concrete examples.
Make sure to extensively discuss how each example connects to your perspective and its major assumptions.
For every sentence in which you draw on ideas from another source, you MUST provide a citation at the end of that sentence AND in a “Works Cited” section at the end of your paper. The Works Cited section should include all available citation information (such as author, link, publication, date/year, etc.) for each source. (If not all information is available about a course reading, simply use whatever information is available in the syllabus). Any citation format (e.g. MLA, APA) is acceptable.
Overall, your essay will be graded based on your demonstrated understanding of your chosen perspective; your explanations of the connections between your readings and perspective; style and mechanics (correct grammar, no typos or punctuation errors, etc.); and overall organization of the paper.

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