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Prof. Baez - SOC101 Introduction to Sociology: Research Proposal

The Research Proposal

Research Proposal Guidelines

For your final you will produce a research proposal, for which you will conduct some literature research and a cumulative overview of the semester’s efforts.

You will begin with your topic of interest, and return to chapters that analytically relate to your topic. From  Chapter 2, you will evaluate and select an appropriate research methodology that suits the topic of your interest. From Mills’s sociological imagination and Chapter 9’s review of social stratification and inequality you will elaborate on the sociological problem of interest.

You will explain the topic reflected through the 3 main sociological perspectives/theories (functionalism, symbolic interactionism and conflict approach) as well as additional theories and concepts from the semester to apply to the social problem. And you will address social structures and institutions that affect the social topic. Revisiting your literature research skills, you will find primary sources that speak to the sociological topic of interest.

Theoretical Perspectives

Theoretical Perspectives

  • Functionalism
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • Conflict Approach

Source: Table 1.2 Sociological Theories or Perspectives Different sociological perspectives enable sociologists to view social issues through a variety of useful lenses. (2015). Retrieved from

Research Methods

Research Methods

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