SOC 310 University of Michiga

Assignment Goal: In this course, students are expected to summarize, differentiate, and judge the efficacy of major scientific concepts and theories that sociologists use to examine sociological dynamics undergirding the interconnection between individual personal troubles and public issues that are associated with modernity and its attendant patterns of social stability and change.

Specifically, the purpose of the essay is to accomplish two tasks:

1. First, compare and contrast how Marx and Weber conceptualize “the social”; that is, how they understand the central human relationships that constitute “society.”

2. Second, present an argument about the extent to which our reading on contemporary organizational theory (Clegg 2012) and the documentary, “The Corporation”, support Marxist and/or Weberian perspectives on the sociological dimensions of political and economic power in the contemporary era.

(The Corporation documentary, link here:

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General Format and Grading Criteria: This essay must be at least 7 pages (6 pages for the text plus 1 reference page), with double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins. It must be in ASA format!!

Word count at least 2000.

Suggested Essay Outline: Successful papers will include thoughtful commentary and analysis in the following suggested outline:

Introduction: 1-page long section that clearly states the two objectives of the paper and a thesis statement. The thesis statement should be about 3-4 sentences long and summarize the paper’s argument about(1) how Marx and Weber conceptualize the social, and (2) the extent to which contemporary organization theory and The Corporation support Marxist and/or Weberian perspectives on the sociological dimensions of political and economic power in the contemporary era.

Body: at least 5 pages long, beginning with heading of “Marx, Weber, and the Corporation” in bold print. It should provide correct summaries of how Marx and Weber understood the social in at least 3 pages. In at least 2 pages, it should correctly use evidence and course material to support the paper’s argument about the extent to which contemporary organizational theory and The Corporation support Marxist and/or Weberian perspectives on the sociological dimensions of political and economic power in the contemporary era.

References: This final section should start with a heading that says, “References,” in bold print. This section should be on 1 (or more) separate page(s) from the text and include all the sources cited in the paper. Failure to follow the ASA style guide (pgs. 20-24 & 33-37) for citing your sources in the text and for properly including them in your reference section may result in academic penalties for plagiarism and academic dishonesty as stated in the course syllabus.



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