Choose one of the following questions:
1. Using what you have learned about groups, organizations, and bureaucracies this week, compare and contrast two different groups or organizations of which you are a member. Describe the two groups. How do they differ in terms of leadership, membership, purpose, and activities? What is your role in the group? Provide an example and brief description of a social group in the news as well (within the last 3 months). Please include a link for the news piece but you are not required to provide a full citation.
2. Do you agree with Emile Durkheim that deviance is functional and is a necessary part of society? What functions might deviance provide? In your answer be sure to describe Durkheim’s main thesis regarding the function of deviance. Think of a time when you used informal negative sanctions. To what act of deviance were you responding? Also share a recent example of deviance, focusing on the sociological definition, from a news story (within the last 3 months); please include a link for the article or video but a full citation is not required.
The Week 3 Forum meets the following course objectives:
Apply a sociological perspective to the social world.
Analyze contemporary social issues using the sociological imagination and use sociological theories and concepts to analyze everyday life.
Identify and describe bureaucracies and formal organizations.
Describe deviance and social control from a sociological perspective.