Tutorial 1: Sociological Perspectives and Investigation (theory and research)
Sociological Perspectives and Investigation (theory and research)
This tutorial, your first, combines materials on theory and research with several readings on religion. It should be clear from your lectures and readings that something as personal as religion can be studied scientifically – or systematically. Your task is to explore this notion more thoroughly. To prepare for this tutorial, you should read ONE the following short pieces on Religion from your Religion chapter in your text/on Revel (Chapter 19). They are called: Make Jesus Your CEO Religion in Canada: Decline or Renaissance Does Science Threaten Religion Check the Media: Religion is Hot! (you only need to choose one but feel free to read them all for your own interest and learning!) After completing the reading….Make sure that you understand the relationships among: 1) The structural-functional perspective, scientific sociology, surveys, and quantitative data; 2) The symbolic-interaction perspective, interpretive sociology, participant observation, and qualitative data; and 3) The social-conflict perspective, critical sociology, and either quantitative or qualitative data. Any one of 1), 2), or 3) may make use of “existing data” in the form of surveys (e.g. the census), historical archives, media coverage (movies, newspapers, books, or the internet), or physical traces (e.g. signs of wear and tear in library books). Once you have mastered the above, you are ready to tackle this tutorial assignment. You are to take ONE of the readings from the religion chapter listed above, to discuss in terms of the theory and methods clustered under 1), 2), and 3) in the paragraph above. In other words, which one of the 3 clusters above was used to provide the information in the reading you chose. An explanation of why you chose your particular cluster is a valid contribution to your discussion of the tutorial assignment. In other words, you may tell us about the characteristics of the reading (that means, how did the person/people who wrote that piece on religion collect that info? What method/theory cluster did they use? There may be elements of more than one approach to research in the passage you chose to discuss. Where that is the case, you should concentrate on only one of them…the predominant approach and mention the minor one in passing. Again, we want to see that you have internalized the concepts, theories, and methods of sociology—and that you are able to use them in your tutorials. Don’t tell us what you think or feel about the topic: tell us what you have learned from your classes and reading. Note: Your TA will be looking for evidence that you understand the core concepts covered in the assigned readings and that you are beginning to think sociologically. Tutorials be 2 pages long (500-600 words) APA referencing format, and submitted as Word or PDF document. Submit your reference page as a separate document.