Qualifying Examination

for the Joint Degree of Bachelor of Arts


Qualifying Examination

for the Special Degree of Bachelor of Arts



Sociological Analysis

Thursday, 31st May, p.m.

Answer three questions
Three hours

  1. Evaluate Berger's Invitation to Sociology OR Wright Mills' Sociological Imagination as a guide to sociology for the uninitiated. Would you recommend the book you choose to evaluate to someone approaching sociology for the first time? Give full reasons.

  2. "What we may claim for sociology, at its ideal best, is a distinctive perspective rather than, say, any specific subject-matter or type of human behaviour: it is a way of looking at Man's behaviour as conditioned by his membership of social groups ...". (Worsley). Explain and discuss.

  3. How would you attempt to outline and compare the salient features of small-scale and large-scale societies? Illustrate your answer.

  4. Briefly outline EITHER Redfield's ideal-typical construction of the "little OR Weber's ideal-typical construction of "bureaucracy". What are the advantages and limitations of using. "ideal types" in our studies of society?

  5. Critically review EITHER Wirth's essay "Urbanism as a Way of Life" OR Park's essay "The City".

  6. Illustrate how the rural-urban contrast first analysed in nineteenth century theories of social change has continued to be of importance' in the work of some urban sociologists of the twentieth century.

  7. Briefly outline and discuss EITHER 'the modernization approach' OR 'the neo-marxist approach' to the study of problems of under-development in the Third World.

  8. What are the central problems encountered in the study of the professions and professionalism in the modern world? What is the importance of the study of this topic?

  9. Review any 'community study' or 'community studies' you have read. Explain what you consider to be the central interest of the study or studies you choose.

  10. What do you understand by the term "the problem of order" in sociology?

  11. To what extent can we adequately analyse the modern world by dwelling on the processes of urbanization, industrialization, and bureaucratization?

  12. Socialization is the process by which one 'learns' various social roles. Select any role in modern society and examine in detail the process of socialization into that role.

  13. Critically review any one study of industrial organization known to you. Explain what you consider to be the main contribution to our knowledge of the study you choose.


Taken by Adrian Worsfold