Identify and discuss the major social issues that influenced the development of sociological theory.

Choose one of the two questions to write on. Essays must be at least 5 pages (not including title page and abstract – abstract not necessary), and double-spaced. Essays must be in APA format and sources must be properly cited. APA resources are available in our online library and here:

Questions (choose one):

1. After reading the content concerning symbolic interaction and dramaturgy (Mead and Goffman), please address the following: 1) analyze the basic tenets of the symbolic interaction perspective, according to the work of GH Mead, paying special attention to the concept of the self; 2) Next, explain how the work of Erving Goffman demonstrates key components of the symbolic interaction perspective; and 3) given Goffman’s perspective, do you think it is reasonable to state that an individual person does not have an immutable, unchanging self? Why or why not? Please use specific concepts in your response.

2. Based upon your reading for week number four concerning ethnomethodology, please address the following: 1) summarize in a concise paragraph the basic tenets that underpin the ethnomethodology viewpoint; 2) explain and give an example of how documentary interpretation explains every day social life; and 3) explain in detail why conversation analysis is considered to be a part of ethnomethodology.

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Course Objectives: This course assessment will evaluate your ability to do the following:

Define sociological theory.
Identify and discuss the major social issues that influenced the development of sociological theory.
Identify major bodies of theoretical work in contemporary sociology and the theorists associated with them.
Analyze important developments in sociological theory, including developments in European sociological theory that influenced the growth of theory in the United States.
Summarize historical theories and the manner in which their work continues to hold relevance.