Hoose one of eight topics in the instruction box

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This is a RESEARCH ESSAY for 3rd year Sociology. The unit is called Social theory”

There are 8 topics. Please choose the one that best suits you, i.e. the one that you think that you will be able to write exceptionally well in.



Please choose one of the following topics:

1)  Marxism is a bankrupt social theory . Critically discuss.

2) Durkheim s functionalist theory fails to explain social change and masks the processes that create social inequities. Critically discuss.

3) Durkheim s famous contrast between mechanical and organic solidarity illustrates the distinctive nature of modern society. Critically evaluate.

4) Weber s theory of rationalisation leads to an unfairly bleak perspective on modern society. Critically discuss.

5) Compare and contrast Marx s and Weber s theories about the rise of capitalism. Which do you prefer and why?

6) Contemporary popular culture justifies the Frankfurt School claim that we live in a totally administered society. Critically discuss.

7) Does the Frankfurt School s synthesis of Marxism and psychoanalysis illuminate the problems of modern society?

8) Should social theory have an emancipatory goal or should it strive for scientific objectivity? Discuss in relation to the Frankfurt School s idea of critical theory.


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Mandatory Essay Requirements:
· PRIMARY source material, that is, original writings by the theorists themselves, must be used and referred to in your research essay. Each topic includes further readings marked with an asterisk that indicate these are primary sources.
· Because this is a sociology essay you must use the Harvard (in text) system of referencing. Do not use footnotes except to record additional information. The  in text reference must always include the author s name, year of publication and (as necessary) the page number:

e.g. Smith (1988:121)
or (Smith 1988:121)

Note: A comma after the author s name is optional i.e. (Smith, 1998:17). You must always use a colon (not a semi-colon) between the year and the page number.

· Referencing websites. Be aware that the internet is not generally recognised as a legitimate source for academic work.
(1): If the author of the words is identifiable, reference their name in the text as per usual, and then put the entire website address in the bibliography, including the author s name (see below for details). If the year the words were written is identifiable, include this as well. If no year is identifiable, write  nd . Only use page numbers if these can be identified. e.g. Smith (2002:3) or Smith (nd)

(2): If the author of the words is not readily identifiable, ask yourself why you must use this website. If you still feel you need to quote the words, use a footnote in place of an in text reference and list the entire website address at the bottom of the page. Only use page numbers if these can be identified.
· The essay must include a bibliography at the end. This should only include works cited (not those consulted). Do not number the references. Always list alphabetically by author s surname.

A bibliographic citation for a journal article should follow this format:
McNay, Lois (1991)  The Foucauldian Body and the Exclusion of Experience Hypatia 6 3 pp 125-139
A bibliographic citation for a book should follow this format:
Connell, Robert W. (1995) Masculinities London: Polity Press
A bibliographic citation for a chapter in an edited collection should follow this format:
Harrison, Paul (1991)  Michel Foucault in P Beilharz (ed) Social Theory Sydney: Allen and Unwin
A bibliographic citation for a film should follow this format (title of film/year it was released/director):
Dead Man (1996) Jim Jarmusch
A bibliographic citation for a TV show should follow this format (title of show/title of episode/ year/director of episode):
Malcolm in the Middle,  Reese Cooks (2001) Jeff Melman
A bibliographic citation for a website should follow this format (author, year words were written, name of piece, site address, date you accessed the site):
Smith, Barry (1997)  Why Read Foucault , he has specifically told you where the words come from.
· Never just string quotes and paraphrases together. Your argument should drive the essay.
· Don t use phrases like: Hopefully I will; I ll try. Be decisive in your writing. For example: