9 a.m. – 12 noon, December 9, 2002
each of the three parts – within each part you have choices. There are a total of 100 points for this
A. Definition or Explanation. Select five (5) of the following concepts and
briefly define or explain the meaning or importance of each. (5 x 5 = 25 points).
size of group
Answer any four (4) of the
following. (4 x 10 = 40 points).
- What were the main ideas Goffman
demonstrated using the pictures from advertisements in “Gender
- Give an example of a status group
and explain why it is a status group in the Weberian sense.
- Explain Simmel’s argument that
compared with traditional societies, individuals in modern urban society
have greater freedom but are overwhelmed by objective culture.
- Explain the stages of development
of the self in Mead’s approach.
- Explain how symbol, ritual, or
emotion are part of symbolic interactionism.
- Weber’s analysis of patriarchy
differs from much feminist analysis of patriarchy. Explain.
- Particularism and universalism
parallel diffuseness and specificity.
- What is AGIL(P) and why is it an
important aspect of the sociological approach of Parsons?
- While Canadian sociology has not
developed new theoretical approaches, there are some distinctive aspects
to Canadian sociology. Explain
with reference to one or more Canadian sociological approaches.
- Select one pair of pattern
variables from Parsons and provide an example of how this could help
explain some aspect of the social world.
C. Essay. Select one (1) of the following topics and write an
essay on this topic.
- Write an essay comparing and
contrasting two sociological approaches to social action and interaction
(i.e. compare and contrast two of Weber, Simmel, Blumer, Goffman,
Hochschild, or Parsons on social action and interaction).
- The class structure model of Erik
Olin Wright (and Wallace Clement) builds on earlier approaches of Marx and
- Compare and contrast the
approaches of Mead and Goffman to how individuals respond to stimuli.
- Blumer developed a systematic
theory of symbolic interactionism.
Explain his approach and indicate how it builds on or relates to
approaches of other theorists.
- In a unique way, Arlie Hochschild
combines symbolic interaction perspectives, especially those of Goffman,
with ideas from Marx. Explain.
- The functionalist approach of
Parsons builds on earlier approaches of Durkheim and Weber. Explain.
- Talcott Parsons argues that
nuclear family structure is functional for individuals, the family, and
society. Explain and critique.