Week 3 Sociology Assignment Overview
This worksheet consists of short answer questions (2-3 sentences each). You may use your book, online lectures, and notes to complete the worksheet. Please explain the ideas in your own words, discuss your perspective on the questions, and use examples when relevant. You may submit your worksheet as a Word document using this template.
1. What does Max Weber mean by the term “life chances?” Do you think life chances impact social stratification in the United States? Why or why not? Try and develop your response with concrete, real-life examples from your life, culture, and community.
2. What does it mean to say that race is a social construct? Does this mean that race is not real? Why or why not?
3. Consider the functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist approaches to racial and ethnic relations. Which do you find most compelling, and why?
4. Define ethnic pluralism and discuss what might be necessary to achieve it in the United States.