Data in the News
Explaining Theoretical Perspectives and the connection to Historical Sociologists
Quizlet – Foundations of Sociology
Quizlet – Historic Sociology
Quizlet – Major Theorists
Sociology and the Sociological Perspective, Section 1.3 (Theoretical Perspectives within Sociology)
Sociology: Data Sources
Video – Social Theories Overview
Major theoretical perspectives of sociology
OER Text Materials
- Distinguish macro approaches in sociology from micro approaches.
- Summarize the most important beliefs and assumptions of functionalism and conflict theory.
- Summarize the most important beliefs and assumptions of symbolic interactionism and exchange theory.
Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)
- Theoretical Perspectives
Understand the similarities and differences between structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.
- Explaining Theoretical Perspectives and the connection to Historical Sociologists
- Comparative Historical and Future Sociology
- Three Main Sociological Perspectives
- Social Theories Overview (video)
Additional Student/Classroom Resources
Written Essay Assignment: Select three of the following quotes and discuss the significance of the
content as it relates to the Origins of Sociology – Two-page paper required:
- “Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.” (C.W. Mills)
- “Our individual lives cannot, generally, be works of art unless the social order is also.” (Charles Horton Cooley)
- “The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.” (W.E.B. Du Bois)
- “It is not true that good can follow only from good and evil only from evil.” (Max Weber)
- “Social reforms are never carried out by the weakness of the strong; but always by the strength of the weak.” (Karl Marx)
- “The law is the survival of the fittest.... The law is not the survival of the “better” or the “stronger”.... (Herbert Spencer)
- “Man is a moral being, only because he lives in society. Let all social life disappear and morality will disappear with it.” (Emile Durkheim)
- “Choose your self-presentations carefully, for what starts out as a mask may become your face.” (Erving Goffman)
- “Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.” (Talcott Parsons)