Today was a special lesson. Those who were there would know. Our minds opened and information poured in. It poured in with abundance.
We learnt about functionalist and conflict theory. In-depth.
I handed out the ‘Understanding and Applying Sociological Theories’ resource (a.k.a the ‘theories bible’)
Understanding and Applying Sociological Theories (click here to access your copy)
During the lesson we read through the theories bible and discussed how we might critique each theory. Critiquing the theories is important in this course. We need to be able to show that we understand that each of these theories has flaws, and no one theory perfectly explains socialisation and the society in which we live.
To really hit the message home, we summarised several parts of the resource:
50 words or less about the difference between structural and action theories.
50 words or less about functionalist theory in general
25 words or less about Durkheim
25 words or less about Parsons
50 words or less about conflict theory in general
25 words or less about Marx
Those who finished early read the section on interactionist theory and thought about how they might critique it.