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Ideas for Sociology Projects

Ideas for Sociology Projects

As a sociology student, you have to complete research projects throughout most of your coursework. Additionally, when you intern during your studies, you often have to come up with projects to do in your internship that relate to sociology. When you are out of ideas for your next sociology project, or you want to stimulate your mind with a new research study, here are some ways to get started. Sociological Book Review If you love to read, take advantage of your time spent in books and use them for a sociological study. Take your favorite novel, fiction or nonfiction, and […]

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Social Research Tips Part 2: To Participate or Not to Participate–That is the Question

Social Research Tips Part 2: To Participate or Not to Participate–That is the Question

When conducting a social experiment that involves humans, a sociologist must make a choice. Will she be involved in the social setting, or will she be a bystander who acts as a fly on the wall? Last time in Social Research Tips Part 1 we discussed the balancing act between subjective and objective social research. In this article our focus will be on the differences between non-participant and participant observation as it relates to social research. Types of Observation In line with subjectivity and objectivity are two of the main types of observation: non-participant and participant. In order to conduct […]

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Social Research Tips Part 1: Go Native or Stay Away?

Social Research Tips Part 1: Go Native or Stay Away?

Sociologists conduct scientific experiments just like other scientists with one exception—the participants are almost always human. In order to study social constructs including culture, religion, language and globalization, sociologists must focus on humans as their test subjects. Yet what person wants to be treated like a lab rat? Additionally it is well known that individuals who are being observed are more likely to act differently, as noted by the Hawthorne Effect. That’s the double edged sword of studying social behavior—the observed are less likely to behave as usual when a sociologist is watching, which is what a sociologist wants to […]

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What is Medical Sociology?

What is Medical Sociology?

If you are interested in the connection between human beings and health, then consider studying medical sociology. In this branch of sociology, social scientists study the connection between societal factors and health issues. Sociologists interested in the medical industry learn how to apply sociological theory to issues within the healthcare system. Additionally, they apply social science research methods as related to systemic health issues. Topics of interest that come up in medical sociology discussions include anything and everything related to how humans and health care collide. For example, a social science might research the role of health professionals or institutions […]

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