Social Problems and Sociological Problems

Which of the following would you categorise as social problems and which as sociological problems? Are there any on the list that might belong in both categories? Improvements in working-class educational achievement Falling social mobility rates The effects of...

Social Science for The Government

Investigate social science research being carried out for government at www.civilservice.gov.uk What types of research are being undertaken? What are the aims of the research? Who exactly are the researchers? How are the researchers helping to fulfil government...

Sociologists and Commitment

Using the library and the internet, find out about each of the following sociologists and their interests. Which areas of social policy do you think they feel strongly about? How has this affected their research? Ann Oakley Heidi Mirza Peter Townsend Cecile Wright...

Objectivity in Science?

Read the item below and then discuss together the questions that follow: Sociologists may wish to study what are seen as the relevant issues of a particular time; they are likely to react to what are seen as the social or political issues of the day. Similarly,...

The Practical Consequences of Research

In an article about values, Roger Gomm gives the example of a sociologist carrying out a survey for a housing authority, showing housing patterns in terms of the ethnic origins of the tenants. Maps were drawn up to illustrate these patterns, but the sociologist was...