Important:  Please remember to reference your work in text and use ASA referencing style. See the attachment under ASA in the announcement section of your CLEW

site for help with referencing. Please refer to the Plagiarism Policy on your course outline.

Directions: These questions, will in some instances, ask you to apply your knowledge of sociological concepts to particular situations. A suggested length is 3

double spaced pages but this will vary with individual students so treat this as a guideline only.

Your completed assignment should have one title page, approximately 10-12 pages containing your answers to each of the questions with each of the questions

answered separately, and one reference page.

Each question will be marked out of 20 as follows:

16 marks for content
2 marks for references
2 marks for correct grammar and spelling

Assignment #1
Please answer all of the questions below.

1.  What are the possible characteristics of Canadian families today.  How have Canadian families changed, compared with the traditional Canadian families.  What

are the special problems of contemporary Canadian families? (Approximate length is 3 double spaced pages)

2.  Describe the trends in the Canadian Labour force in post-industrial times.  What sectors have expanded and contracted?  What occupational shifts have occurred?

What are the likely futures in employment, underemployment and unemployment as new information technology becomes more pervasive? (Approximate length is 3 double-

spaced pages)

3. Summarize the central arguments of the three models of political power, the pluralist model, the power-elite model, and the Marxist model.  What assumptions do

the models share?  What are the key differences in arguments between the models?  What model do you feel most accurately describes politics in Canada? (Approximate

length is 3 double-spaced pages)

4.  Following the social-conflict approach, what are the problems in the Canadian educational system?  Consider quality of public schooling, inequality among

schools, and access to higher education.  Consider class, gender, race and ethnicity in your essay.


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