Now that you have learned about sociological theory and research practices, it’s your turn to think like a sociologist. Pretend you are a social researcher and that you want to answer a question about social life using sociological tools. Complete the following exercise in the form of a short essay:
- Ask a question about a society that you think a sociologist could research. Explain why you think a sociologist might find it important to answer this question.
- Describe what theory or theories you think would be most applicable to thinking about this question. What benefits or drawbacks do the major theories offer in terms of focusing your thoughts on the question?
- Describe what research method(s) you think would be most useful for answering the question. Why might a sociologist choose one method over another to complete this research?
Your essay should be 2-4 pages in length, formatted in Times New Roman with 12-point font, double spacing, and 1″ document margins.