Individuals or groups will prepare a sociological research paper of issues pertinent to
the study of Marriage and Family. Some sample topics are provided on the reverse,
but students should feel free to explore other topics.
1. Students must incorporate Sociological theory into this project. Eight major
theoretical perspectives were introduced in ch. 2 of your text (fig. 2.1); other
theories have emerged and will continue to surface as you read the text.
2. Students must prepare a 6-8 page, typed, double-spaced, paper addressing the
social phenomena (i.e. issue, topic, subject) of choice. The cover page and
reference page are not included in the page count.
3. The research must fall into one (or more) of the four categories:
Exploratory, which attempts to answer the question What?
Descriptive, which attempts to answer the questions What? and How?
Explanatory, which attempts to explain social phenomena by answering the
questions What? How? and Why?
Evaluative, which measure the effectiveness of a program, answering the
the question Does it work?