In your final essay (2,000-2,500 words), citing the five to seven scholarly sources you analyzed in your Literature Review (Howard Becker, Robert Merton), define and explain the role of a theory in providing a perspective on the social problem you selected for this course.

Using your selected social problem and the revised content from your worksheets, and outline, address the following in your essay:

  1. Describe how these theories help explain the existence of your chosen social problem and its continued impact on society:
  2. Functionalism
  3. Conflict Theory
  4. Symbolic Interactionism
  • GCU believes that the redemptive work of Christ offers hope of restoration to individuals, families, communities, and societies. Explain how someone with the Christian Worldview might approach reasoning for the social problem as well as the hope of alleviating the social problem.  
  • Conclude your essay with a statement of how society works according to functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism.  

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

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