The Individual in Sociary
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Refer to the The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists (Ritzer & Stepnisky, 2011), choose one of the social theorists discussed in this text. Provide an outline of this person, their background, and their contribution to sociological theory. Then,consider your life’s position to date: how has this shaped the social lens through which you view the world and your professional practice, discuss how your social lens compares and/or contrasts with one of the major sociological theories, does this comparison suggest alternative perspectives from which to view society? (you may wish to compare/contrast with the same theorist, or select another, one that compares well with, or opposes, your social lens).
Ritzer, G., & Stepnisky, J. (2011). The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists
Select a current topic of National importance (Australian) from a Newspaper. In a formal essay ‘explain’ the topic from the perspective of two, or more, of the major sociological theories. Your approach should be to compare-contrast the explanation each sociological theory presents to the topic you are analysing. As an alternative, you may like to consider the issue from the perspective of one of the major sociological theories and compare this with your ‘Sociological imagination’ and/or your ‘social lens’ to provide discussion of the topic from your perspective as you view it from your experiences to date – how does your social lens compare with sociological theory?
This assignment requires selection one of the major social theorists and understand their contribution to the discipline of Sociology. By identifying the work of a major sociologist, and relating their thoughts and theories to their life situation at that point (where they lived, what era and what were the major social issues at that time), you will be better informed to assess what influenced them, and how this shaped the sociological theory they are known for. You will then view your life’s experiences to date, and understand how your thoughts and ideas have been shaped, perhaps differently from that of the theorist selected.
You will gain an understanding that the life experiences, and the time and environment that your chosen theorist lived through, will have shaped the development of their theory(s); we need to understand this as we view society through the particular ‘lens’ they created, does their theory remain true? and how can it contribute to our understanding of society today? The next step is to understand how life has shaped your social lens, how do you intuitively assess society? How does your ‘lens’ differ, or compare, with one of the major theories and do you find different answers if you apply a different lens. In working through this process, you will have the understanding that how we view issues shapes what we see, and if we routinely view issues from multiple perspectives (use different lens) we can gain greater insight into these issues.
These activities then lead you to consider a contemporary issue through the lens of a sociological theory, and your own social lens. In undertaking this assignment, you should be able to apply, and demonstrate, a ‘considered’ and ‘critical’ view of issues that affect society – and your teaching situation. This will form the foundation for your next assignment, as you look towards examining a policy document from ‘intent’ to ‘practice’.
You should present this assignment in essay format: you may wish to present two separate essays, one for each part of the assignment; or you may wish to present the assignment in one essay that addresses both Part A and Part B. If presenting two separate essays, the allocation of the number of words to each Part is your choice, the total submission is to be in accordance with the allocated length (2500 words).
Referencing is to be in accordance with APA 6th Style. A link to an APA referencing summary is provided on the Subject Interact Site.
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