GCU Conflict Theory Worksheet

In this assignment, write an essay (500-750 words) analyzing the ideas of Mills and Berger. Cite two to four sources from the GCU library and address the following in your essay:

  1. Explain the modern conflict theory perspectives of Mills and Berger in regards to your selected social problem.
  2. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the ideas of Mills and Berger as they apply to your selected social problem.

SOC-417
Conflict Theory in Modern Times Worksheet
Sociology students need to know how a conflict theorist would explain social phenomena in
modern society. This assignment will help you learn this concept. Use the GCU library to find
scholarly sources:
Topic 4: Conflict Theory in Modern Times
Citing two sources, including your textbook, discuss how race and class overlap. Does conflict
theory provide a coherent pattern for understanding this overlap? Why or why not? (100-150
words).
Citing two sources, explain how society participates in constructing either gender or race.
(100-150 words)
Citing two sources, explain why the use of conflict theory is prevalent in feminist theory.
(100-150 words)
Choose one of the three major forms of stratification (class, race, or gender). Citing two
sources, discuss how Berger and Mills’s theories on power and control explain and maintain
that stratification. In what areas do you believe that Berger and Mills fail to adequately explain
this stratification? (150-200 words)
How Theory Works
Cite two to four sources and explain how the modern conflict theory explains your selected
social problem. (200-250 words)
References
© 2022. Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved.
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Typing Template for APA Papers: A Sample of Proper Formatting for APA Style
Student A. Sample
College Name, Grand Canyon University
Course Number: Course Title
Instructor’s Name
Assignment Due Date
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Typing Template for APA Papers: A Sample of Proper Formatting for APA Style
This is an electronic template for papers written according to the style of the American
Psychological Association (APA, 2020) as outlined in the seventh edition of the Publication
Manual of the American Psychological Association. The purpose of the template is to help
students set the margins and spacing. Margins are set at 1 inch for top, bottom, left, and right.
The text is left-justified only; that means the left margin is straight, but the right margin is
ragged. Each paragraph is indented 0.5 inch. It is best to use the tab key to indent, or set a firstline indent in the paragraph settings. The line spacing is double throughout the paper, even on the
reference page. One space is used after punctuation at the end of sentences. The font style used
in this template is Times New Roman and the font size is 12 point. This font and size is required
for GCU papers.
The Section Heading
The heading above would be used if you want to have your paper divided into sections
based on content. This is a Level 1 heading, and it is centered and bolded, and the initial word
and each word of four or more letters is capitalized. The heading should be a short descriptor of
the section. Note that not all papers will have headings or subheadings in them. Papers for
beginning undergraduate courses (100 or 200 level) will generally not need headings beyond
Level 1. The paper title serves as the heading for the first paragraph of the paper, so
“Introduction” is not used as a heading.
Subsection Heading
The subheading above would be used if there are several sections within the topic labeled
in a first level heading. This is a Level 2 heading, and it is flush left and bolded, and the initial
word and each word of four or more letters is capitalized.
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Subsection Heading
APA dictates that you should avoid having only one subsection heading and subsection
within a section. In other words, use at least two subheadings under a main heading, or do not
use any at all. Headings are used in order, so a paper must use Level 1 before using Level 2. Do
not adjust spacing to change where on the page a heading falls, even if it would be the last line
on a page.
The Title Page
When you are ready to write, and after having read these instructions completely, you can
delete these directions and start typing. The formatting should stay the same. You will also need
to change the items on the title page. Fill in your own title, name, course, college, instructor, and
date. List the college to which the course belongs, such as College of Theology, College of
Business, or College of Humanities and Social Sciences. GCU uses three letters and numbers
with a hyphen for course numbers, such as CWV-101 or UNV-104. The date should be written
as Month Day, Year. Spell out the month name.
Formatting References and Citations
APA Style includes rules for citing resources. The Publication Manual (APA, 2020) also
discusses the desired tone of writing, grammar, punctuation, formatting for numbers, and a
variety of other important topics. Although APA Style rules are used in this template, the
purpose of the template is only to demonstrate spacing and the general parts of the paper. GCU
has prepared an APA Style Guide available in the Student Success Center and on the GCU
Library’s Citing Sources in APA guide (https://libguides.gcu.edu/APA) for help in correctly
formatting according to APA Style.
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The reference list should appear at the end of a paper. It provides the information
necessary for a reader to locate and retrieve any source you cite in the body of the paper. Each
source you cite in the paper must appear in your reference list; likewise, each entry in the
reference list must be cited in your text. A sample reference page is included below. This page
includes examples of how to format different reference types. The first reference is to a webpage
without a clear date, which is common with organizational websites (American Nurses
Association, n.d.). Next is the Publication Manual referred to throughout this template (APA,
2020). Notice that the manual reference includes the DOI number, even though this is a print
book, as the DOI was listed on book, and does not include a publisher name since the publisher
is also the author. A journal article reference will also often include a DOI, and as this article has
four authors, only the first would appear in the in-text citation (Copeland et al., 2013).
Government publications like the Treatment Improvement Protocol series documents from the
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2014) are another common source found online. A book
without a DOI is the last example (Holland & Forrest, 2017).
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References
American Nurses Association. (n.d.). Scope of practice. https://www.nursingworld.org/practicepolicy/scope-of-practice/
American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological
Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2014). Improving cultural competence (HHS
Publication No. 14-4849). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK248428/
Copeland, T., Henderson, B., Mayer, B., & Nicholson, S. (2013). Three different paths for
tabletop gaming in school libraries. Library Trends, 61(4), 825–835.
https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2013.0018
Holland, R. A., & Forrest, B. K. (2017). Good arguments: Making your case in writing and
public speaking. Baker Academic.
SOC-417
Conflict Theory in Modern Times Worksheet
Sociology students need to know how a conflict theorist would explain social phenomena in
modern society. This assignment will help you learn this concept. Use the GCU library to find
scholarly sources:
Topic 4: Conflict Theory in Modern Times
Citing two sources, including your textbook, discuss how race and class overlap. Does conflict
theory provide a coherent pattern for understanding this overlap? Why or why not? (100-150
words).
Citing two sources, explain how society participates in constructing either gender or race.
(100-150 words)
Citing two sources, explain why the use of conflict theory is prevalent in feminist theory.
(100-150 words)
Choose one of the three major forms of stratification (class, race, or gender). Citing two
sources, discuss how Berger and Mills’s theories on power and control explain and maintain
that stratification. In what areas do you believe that Berger and Mills fail to adequately explain
this stratification? (150-200 words)
How Theory Works
Cite two to four sources and explain how the modern conflict theory explains your selected
social problem. (200-250 words)
References
© 2022. Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved.

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