Sociology 250

Winter 2003

Third short paper  (12 points)

Due:  April 23, 2003


  1. A third paper will not be required.  If the grade you received for the first two papers is acceptable to you, you need not write a third paper.  I will take the grades for the first two papers and recalculate the total for these out of 36.  For example, if you received 8.6 out of 12 (72%) on the first paper and 9.1 out of 12 (76%) on the second, for a total of 17.7 out of 24, that is 74%, I will give you 0.74 x 36 = 26.6 out of 36 for the papers portion of the final grade.


  1. If you decide to write a third paper, this paper should be approximately the same length and scope as the first two papers.  If you write the third paper, the grade you receive for the 36 points for papers will be no lower than specified in item 1 above. 


Topics for third paper

  1. Rewrite either the first or second paper. 
  2. Any topic from the list for the second paper (other than a topic you selected for the second paper).
  3. Parsons uses a systems approach to sociological analysis – explain what sociological systems are and how Parsons use these in his sociological analysis.  Provide examples where appropriate.
  4. Explain and critique Parsons’s analysis of family and gender roles within the family.
  5. Explain how the theoretical perspectives of Marx and Weber are reflected in the class analysis of Erik Olin Wright.
  6. Explain and discuss the sociological implications of one of the Canadian perspectives discussed in class.
  7. Any other topic relevant to this class – but discuss with me first.


Paul Gingrich

March 31, 2003

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