Write a well developed essay that addresses each portion of the following prompt. There are four main sections to this paper. Each section should be a well developed collection of paragraphs. Providing illustrative examples will increase points earned. Be sure to properly cite your text (or any additional source). Failure to cite material will result in a zero.
*Sociologists use a variety of perspectives to view social issues. These perspectives help us see the “whole picture”. For this paper, you will demonstrate your ability to apply each theoretical perspective. (Please remember that Conflict and Functional perspectives are macro-level. This means that you are looking at how large social institutions effect social experiences–remember to think broadly!)
1. First, Define and apply the Sociological Perspective (C. Wright Mills) to explain how society played a part in your own decision to attend college. Include examples!
2. Define and apply the symbolic-interaction perspective. Discuss how symbols are seen, defined and used in the college environment.
3. Define and apply the conflict perspective. How might college access and success be effected by other areas of social inequality (class, race, gender)?
4. Define and apply the functional perspective. What manifest and latent functions does college provide to our overall society?