The ten questions with an ** are
required answers and must be answered in half a page
for a grade of C - more depth for a chance at a
better grade. Students are then choose 5
additional questions of their own choosing to
answer. For two of your choices - feel free to
make up your own essays question to answer. Each
answer is worth 10 points.
1. What is
the main focus of all conflict theories?
** 2. What is
the main point of difference between conflict theories
and Structural Functional theory?
summarize the basic assumptions conflict theory makes
about human nature.
the statement: "Society can be observed on two levels:
the integration and functioning of social institutions
AND the character of participation of individuals in
5. What is
an Evolutionary or Dialectic perspective.
Material Determinism in one sentence.
** 7. Explain
the idea of Dialectical Change by way of an example.
8. What is
the basic fallacy in Capitalism according to Marxists?
Alienation as a Marxist in terms of an alienated
does Simmel see conflict differently from Marx.
11. How can
conflict be a positive thing in a relationship in
12. How is
conflict intensified, according to Coser?
Describe Sprey's ideas about conflict in the marital
Describe the types of conflict that occur in marriage.
Describe the stages of marital conflict from "prior
conditions" to "follow- up/aftermath".
Interaction Theory (SI)
1. What is
the main focus of Symbolic Interaction Theory?
** 2. Define
symbolic interaction in terms of roles, positions, and
the use of symbols.
3. Define a
summarize the assumptions S-I theory makes about the
process of socialization.
the Situational Hypothesis.
6. Give an
example of each part of the process of self-awareness:
Mead's concept of the Generalized Other.
imagination of our appearance as an object to
image of the other person's evaluation of our
feelings about the other's perceived evaluation.
8. What are
the three big ideas in SI theory.
**9. How is
Intimacy "socially constructed"?
the five types of intimacy.
** 1. What
is the main focus of Social Exchange Theory?
Summarize the basic assumptions of Social Exchange
the basic formula for predicting behavior according to
what Power, Proximity, Propinquity and Competition
according to Social Exchange.
5. What is
the Principle of Least Interest?
Adam Smith's Iron Law of Economics.
this equation: Rewards for A - Costs for A = Rewards
for B - Costs for B.
the Principle of Social Scarcity and Societal
the Norm of Reciprocity.
the Principle of Relative Deprivation.
of Human Development
operant conditioning according to Skinner.
does Bandura's Cogintive Social Learning Theory add to
Explain the basic difference between Behavioralism and
Piaget's Cognitive Development theory.
each stage of Piaget's theory.
Describe the various aspects of formal operations.
7. What is
the Value of Piaget's Theory for avoiding crises?
8. What is
the basic difference between Freud's theory and
the Epigenetic Principle.
might an understanding of Marcia's theory of Identity
formation be of value to teachers or parents?
Crises Defined - Hill's ABC->X Theory
1. Draw and
describe the ABC->X theory of family stress.
stress, stressors, distress, eustress.
the six specific transitions in family life.
Consider the consequences of having one's children
before establishing the economic/financial aspects of
adulthood. How does this consideration inform the
wisdom of attempting to make transitions out of the
order defined by the culture?