Principles of Sociology: The Major Sociological Perspectives

Examine how society and its development shape our lives, who we are, and what we think.

To answer this question properly, describe and explain the major sociological perspectives and theories. Apply different sociological perspectives and theories to analyze various social issues. Compare and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of different sociological perspectives and apply sociological reasoning to daily life. Think critically about what is biologically given (“nature”) and what is socially constructed (“nurture”), and challenge taken-for-granted gender stereotypes.