Essay Examination #4 for Family Dynamics
Instructor: D. D. Witt, Ph.D.
Your final draft of each essay should be typed and double spaced. Each
question should be answered concisely and thoroughly.
Read the questions carefully
beginning a thorough outline of each part (include your outline with
Finally, flesh out your answers in a critical, reflective
Keep in mind that you have only four essays for the entire course.
As graduate students, you should be able to draw in concepts from your
previous classes and training.
You should be able to answer each question satisfactorily in about 1000
If you get stuck ask
questions of the instructor
Due dates for each question are listed in the course
4. Explain in general why some kind of
systems approach to social
theory makes sense in terms of overall breadth and depth of a theory's
usefulness to researchers.
Discuss and explain the development of middle range theories in
social science as response to the conceptual failure of the grand
theories (i.e., structural-functional theory, personality theories,
b. Discuss Feminism as a theoretical
issue and why the concepts
developed in social science, including an interpretation of the
development of social
expectations and an individual's motivation for interaction from a
Feminist point of view.
c. Describe and explain how a Feminist
perspective changes the basic
thrust or meaning of symbolic interaction theory, social exchange
theory (i.e. Discuss one of these theories in Feminist terms).
Prepare your answer in MSWord format and submit through the Dropbox
function on the Springboard system.