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Writing assignment using the listed 5 topics. Answer ALL 5 questions in a combined document that DOES NOT EXCEED 10 DOUBLE SPACE PAGES. Label each of the responses using the number of the topic it addresses (you do not need to include the actual topic).
1. List and briefly discuss a. the basic characteristics and b. main elements of scientific theories, based on the Instructor’s Introduction and one of, or both, K.D. Allan (Chapter 1: Imagining Society ) and Appelrouth & Edles (STCoE, Ch. 1 or the Electronic Alternative), (50 points)
2. Briefly compare and contrast the ‘scientific’ and ‘interpretist’ perspectives on the nature of society(social ‘ontology’) and how it/they (society or social phenomena) can be studied and theorized, based on the Instructor’s Introduction and K.D. Allan). (50 points)
3. Briefly compare and contrast the ‘critical’ and ‘descriptive’(or detached and non-evaluative) perspectives on social/sociological theory, based on the Instructor’s Introduction and K.D. Allan (50 points)
5. Define and briefly discuss the concepts of “status”, “role”, “role-set” and “status-set”, according to R.K. Merton (RKM.3, esp. pp. 110-118) (50 points)
20. Summarize and briefly critically evaluate R.K. Merton’s middle-range theory of the “role-set” (RKM.3 esp. pp. 110-118). (150 points)
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