It is a common fallacy, which almost all researchers initially commit, that ‘research’ is something that can bring an entirely new innovation in academia. Dissertations should always be based on the golden rule that the word ‘research’ is a combination of two words ‘re-‘ and ‘search’. So ideally, a dissertation should be focused on adding value to an existing research area by ‘re-searching’ the current material. Instead of going for buzzwords and a generic area of research, an optimum dissertation is always focused on a precise, narrow and easy to manage research area. While developing dissertation topics, research aims and objectives, researchers should always follow the advice to ‘never choose a topic merely on the grounds that it is hot in current debate. A preferable topic would be the one that may be less common but it matches the researcher’s interest and aptitude. This article suggests topics for your sociology dissertation in the areas of cultural sociology, sociology of education, sociology of religion, sociology of family, economic sociology, criminology, industrial sociology, political sociology, comparative sociology and the sociology of gender.
Cultural sociology is one of the most commonly used disciplines of sociology. It covers analysis of a society’s macro level and micro level cultures, including their values, beliefs, norms, material and non-material culture etc. Normally cultural sociology is read through the eyes of famous sociologists including Marx, Webber and Durkhaim. Topics within this area that could be used for your sociology dissertation are:
Sociology of education studies the impact of various social elements on the education system of a society. These elements may include individuals of a society, public policies for education, structure of education and public sector institutes. It includes public sector schools as well as higher, further education and continuing education systems. Topics within the sociology of education that could be used for your sociology dissertation are listed below.
Sociology of religion encompasses a vast range of issues related to the impact that different elements create on religion and the impact that religion creates on various social issues. For instance, it includes the study of various beliefs, values and structures of religions in society, along with the impact that social elements like social interaction, media and politics impose on religion. Similarly this field of sociology covers contemporary issues like the impact of social issues like gender, inequality and stereotyping on religion. If the area of sociology of religion interests you when it comes to writing your sociology dissertation, the following topics may prove useful to you.
This branch of sociology is related to study of a family and marriage system of a society. The topics include the structure of family, number of children in a family, parent-child relationships, intra family gender dynamics, family internal and external social interaction, effect of social change on family, marriage system, dynamics and types of marriage and rituals and post marriage social interaction. This area will enable you to make comparisons between different cultures, or different periods in history. Some possible topics for your sociology dissertation include:
This field of sociology examines economy as a social institute that organises a society’s production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. It caters different economic systems such as socialism, communism and capitalism, corporations, social organisations of labour markets, types of jobs, labour migration, sociological dimensions of consumer spending and social aspects of money and informal economy. You could base your sociology dissertation on any of the following topics:
This field of sociology is focused to understand the nature and social dimensions of crime, concept of deviance, types of crime including youth crime, gang crime and large scale crimes and old and contemporary crime control mechanisms such as state punishment. With crime becoming a prominent and much talked about topic in modern society, a sociology dissertation on the sociology of crime / criminology may prove useful and well read.
Industrial sociology is also known as sociology of work. This applied field of sociology explores social and human relationships within a workplace. It includes a range of issues such as productivity, motivation, unionisation, corporate citizenship, line manager-worker relationships, social structures of organisations, social groups in organisations, and cultural diversity in the workplace, technological advancement and social impact on workforce, inequality and anti-discrimination laws. For your sociology dissertation, the following topics could be considered.
Political sociology deals with complex relationship such as power, authority, individual and group interests and social change. It may cover the historical journey of political movements generated by social forces as well as the contemporary impact of politics on society due to the power politics between individuals, groups, political institutions and economic interests. If you are interested in creating a sociology dissertation based on political sociology, the following topics may help you to narrow down your research.
This field of sociology deals with the comparison of various modes of societies such as capitalism, socialism, communism, welfare capitalism and state capitalism. It also deals with cross society comparisons regarding social institutions such as education, economy, family, marriages, health, religion and comparison of social issues such as race, ethnicity and gender. For ideas for your sociology dissertation, see below.
Sociology of gender has been one of the most common fields of sociology for a long time. Academically, most of the work in this field is done in the context of developing countries, where complex gender relations are prevailing in their societies. It includes intra household gender dynamics as well as the role of males and females in societal functioning. However, feminist school of thought has taken sociology of gender as a study of analysing patterns of discrimination against females. This could be an interesting area for you to base your sociology dissertation on.
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