Writing a sociological essay requires an awareness of how to develop your course work into an applicable aspect of today’s society. It is not uncommon to struggle with what concepts to discuss, as sociology is a wide field that can embrace a number of interesting topics and cause confusion for what is the “right” topic sentence. Remember that many of the problem based learning environments are not as worried about the “right” topic sentence as they are the ability for you to apply the information you have learned in your course.
While considering possible topics for your paper review the course work and establish a base line of what is expected in the essay. Following that, you should conduct research based on current studies; however, in the case of sociological essays, you will find that older material is often applicable to your paper based on what topic you are covering. While you develop your topic sentence, search out information that is relevant to the current needs of society and needs you can use to establish that you are able to apply the course concepts.
Finally, your essay is about critical thinking and application of concepts; however, you can still be creative in your process and develop ideas you particularly agree with or believe in from your lessons. Many sociologists do not develop a single right answer that is applicable to all situations, they develop many different ideas because all people are uniquely different, and all cultures are uniquely different. Use your ideas, cross-reference them with theories throughout the years, and provide evidence that supports your ideas in your essay. Most often, it will not be difficult to find at least one other theorist who considers the same ideas as you will.