Congratulations! After weeks of hard work and preparation you reach the reward of completing a successful sociological research paper. Take this time to reflect on all of your hard work as you move forward along in your educational experience.
Before making your final submission, take another look over your paper and make sure that it is properly formatted, meets the outlined criteria provided in the Writing Assignment Guide on the G142 Key Documents page, and follows correct APA and citation standards and guidelines. One of the sociological theories covered in the course should be discussed and applied in your final paper as well.
Submit your completed assignment by following the directions linked below. Please check the Course Calendar for specific due dates.
Save your assignment as a Microsoft Word document. (Mac users, please remember to append the “.docx” extension to the filename.) The name of the file should be your first initial and last name, followed by an underscore and the name of the assignment, and an underscore and the date. An example is shown below:
The concept of sociology is older than the European social observers.
Support for the thesis statement
It is believed that the concept of sociology emerged when the European social observers began to test their ideas scientifically and the Europeans came up with three factors to explain the origin of sociology. Looking at their argument, then it will try to assume that sociology started with the Europeans but this is not true because people still lived in social groups long before the Europeans tested their ideas scientifically. (Pierre Saint-Arnaud, 2009)
Looking back at the meaning of the term sociology, it is simply the study of society; it involves how people interact either in groups or in their environs thus the statement clearly states that the term sociology is much older than the European social observers because people have been living in groups and interacting, the Europeans only studied this scientifically but did not introduce the social life to people. (Graaff, 2001)
Theory that supports the argument
The symbolic interaction theory could best suite the thesis statement this is because it explains on the fact that people develop and rely on the process of interacting socially. Symbolic interaction theory studies society in a subjective meaning because it is believed that people react and behave depending on what they believe is true. Thus, society is believed to be constructed socially through the interpretation of humans. People interpret one another’s behavior and these interpretations form the social bond.(Buket Kısac, 2009)
We can therefore conclude that the term sociology is older than the European social observers simply because people have been interacting long before the Europeans observed this scientifically that is why they required to study on humans who have been living long before they studied this scientifically.
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Raymond A. Eve, S. H. (1997). Chaos, complexity, and sociology: myths, models, and theories. London: Sage Publications.
Stephen F. Steele, J. P. (2007). Applied Sociology: Terms, Topics, Tools, and Tasks. Canada: Cengage Learning,.
Jonathan H. Turner, L. B. (2011). The Emergence of Sociological Theory. Canada: SAGE Publications.
Final paper has to be at least three pages long with in text citation and reference page