Due December 13, 2002
The final paper is to be a longer and more intensive examination of the ideas of one or more of the classical theorists. Aim at a length of approximately ten double-spaced pages. The paper should (1) demonstrate familiarity with some part of the theoretical approach of one or more writers discussed this semester (i.e. Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Gilman, DuBois) and (2) where possible, examine some part of one of the assigned texts, i.e. Capital, Volume 1, The Division of Labour in Society, or The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. If the topic does not fit one of these works, then I would like you to use parts of other writings of the theorist or theorist examined in the paper.
In the above context, you could develop a straightforward explanation of some part of one or more of the theoretical approaches, write a critique of these, or apply the theoretical approach to some contemporary or historical situation. While the topics listed below are broad, attempt to focus your paper on some specific aspects of the topic – part of writing a good paper is to select a manageable set of issues and not attempt to discuss too many issues. If you wish to select a topic other than those listed below, please check with me first.
October 31, 2002
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