Compare and contrast manifest and latent functions.

Answer one question of your choice in a thoughtful paragraph. Remember to explain your reasoning and feel free to use quotes from the slides, me, or the book. BE DETAILED AND BASE YOUR ANSWER ON THE MATERIAL. Your answer AND a response to one of your classmates (you can certainly respond to a classmate that answered a different question) must be posted by 11:59pm of the due date. Follow the syllabus schedule. Note: to reply to a class mate, use the QUOTE feature on their message.

1. Explain how a theory differs from a hypothesis and discuss how the two are related. Provide an example from your life, education, family, etc.

2. Explain the statement, “every research study should be replicable.” Provide a sociological example of a “replicable study”.

3. Compare and contrast manifest and latent functions. Provide examples of each.

4. Based on chapter 2, which sociological theory are you most interested in so far? Structural functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, rational choice, or feminism? Why?

5. What did you learn about sociological research from the readings? Provide a major point from both Babbie and Schuman


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Why is it important to see the social connections behind our everyday live?

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