SOC 320 Topic 1 Theoretical Frameworks
Create an essay of approximately 750 words in length that does the following:
- Briefly, and in your own words, describe each of the four theories discussed in Chapter 1 of the text.
- Think of an example (a situation or event that has to do with a marriage or a family). That has happened to you or someone you know fairly well. Show how that situation or event could be explained and understood by one of these four theories.
The purpose of this assignment is to see if you understand the four theories well enough to explain them in your own words. And apply at least one of them to a real-life situation or event. Be sure that your paper demonstrates this ability.
SOC 320 Topic 1 Marriage and Family Journal
For Topics 1-8, you will be provided with journal topics from the assigned readings. Reflect on those topics from your own personal experiences, but always be sure that your journal entry follows the instructions and covers the topics described.
These journal entries should not be in APA format. They are first-person accounts of experiences and your understanding of those experiences in light of the sociological concepts referred to in the instructions. The purpose of these journal reflections is to give you the opportunity. To demonstrate that you understand the concepts and can apply them to your own life and situation. Thus, you should always name and define the concept. But the focus should be on your own personal experiences with or of that concept.
SOC 320 Discussion Question 1: Describe at least two of the ways in which families in America have changed and are changing. For each change you describe, give your opinion as to whether this change is positive or negative for American society.
SOC 320 Discussion Question 2: The Lauer & Lauer text describes various types of families such as families from different cultures, families with a different number of parents, American families whose members are from different ethnic groups, and families where both parents are of the same sex. Explain the differences between two or more of the various types of families. What aspects or characteristics of these families are different from your family or origin or family of orientation?