Sociology Research Topics that Engage Interest and Discussion
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Sociology research topics all deal with the study of human society. Such a broad idea makes most students confused about where to start and what can/cannot qualify as sociology research. Let me clarify this for you and suggest some interesting sociology research topics that will help you get a good mark and valuable knowledge.
How to Narrow Sociology Research Topics
All sociology research topics can be narrowed to the study of a particular social institution or social phenomenon. Social institutions are the groups of people that act as mechanisms of social order governing behaviors and expectations of individuals. For example, your own college or university is a social institution that prescribes, as well as proscribes certain behavior to all individuals engaged in it. Other examples of social institutions are cities, communities, institutions (legal, cultural, religious, etc.), ethnic and cultural groups, families.
A social phenomenon is any interaction between humans as well as beliefs and behaviors that influence this interaction. Social phenomena range from marriage to divorce, from friendship to bullying, from racism to nationalism. Gender, which does not rely on biological characteristics, but on the person’s perceptions and interaction with other individuals is a socially constructed phenomenon either.
Assume we are speaking of aging. If you view it as a natural phenomenon, you will describe the bodily processes that take place in the aging organism. If you view it as a social phenomenon, you will consider the phenomenon of ageism and its effects on how the aging person feels and acts.
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The following questions are all great to choose for your sociology research. Browse and pin one of the images to save the list.
Sociology Topics on Child Development
To what extent do adult relationships depend on bonding during early childhood development? What are the implications of this association?
To what extent do adult achievements depend on the social and economic background? What are the implications of this association?
Should the state provide early childhood development courses for families expecting a baby?
Should parents or the state assume responsibility for child obesity? How should child obesity be tackled?
What are the societal/ religious institutions’ norms in relation to sex?
Do adolescents feel pressure to have sex?
Can watching porn have any consequences on an individual’s sexuality?
Should there be any state programs that will breed a healthy view of sex? Why such programs might be needed?
Is there a need for stricter control over sexual content on the Internet, mass media, and social media?
Should prostitution be legalized?
Are women in modern society objectified? Who is to blame for the objectification of women?
Why is sex disappearing from Japan? What are the implications of this trend?
The Sociology of Marriage
Does the age of entering marriage predict marriage success?
The effects of early childbirth on young parents/ children/ state?
Is there pressure to marry in modern society? What effects does it have on the single and childless or ‘childfree’ individuals?
What is the role of dating websites in today’s marriage? (Consider the use of dating websites both for finding a soulmate and for cheating)
Why LGBT marriages should/should not be recognized by the state?
Should LGBT couples be allowed to adopt children?
Should single individuals be allowed to adopt children/ get in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
Should individuals take conflict resolution courses before getting married?
Social Research Concerned with Critical Life Events
What are the effects of bullying on the bully/the bullied?
What is the role of teachers and educational institutions in promoting/preventing bullying? What promotes/prevents bullying? (It is worth considering prioritizing power and sports, cherishing competition rather than community, mass media portrayals)
What are the effects of divorce on the divorced individuals?
What are the effects of divorce on children?
How did the perception of divorce change over time? (Consider if people are prohibited or discouraged to divorce, if they face exclusion from the community, etc.)
What are the implications of high divorce rates for the state/society?
What are the effects of the online disinhibition effect (lack of restraint one feels when communicating online in comparison to communicating in-person)? Should mass surveillance become a social norm or be opposed?
Is the society undergoing a blogging craze? What the advantages and disadvantages of this phenomenon?
Are we moving towards a global society? Is it rather good or bad? Can Google become the Circle?
Study of the roots and manifestation of a particular popular superstition.
Writing a Sociology Essay
Once you have chosen a great sociology research question, it’s time to look for credible sources and write a research proposal. The professor’s feedback will help you understand if you are on the right track, thus discuss your social research even if the formal proposal is not required.
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