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SOC415 - Yang

Senior Seminar

Using a Concept Map to Brainstorm

What is a Concept Map?


Sociological Abstracts Classification Scheme

Sociological Abstracts is a library resource (which our library does not subscribe to) that abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. This resource provides us with a classification scheme for sociological concepts. This classification scheme is represented below. It will help you think in terms of broader umbrella topics and narrower sub-topics. Go through this list, and imagine sub-topics that would fit under these broader umbrellas that you might be interested in. Once you start thinking about the broader topic areas that sociologists study, it will help you start to think of how that might relate to narrower topics you would want to study.

Here's an example from Prof. Fic's work when she was an undergrad Anthro/Soc major.

Broad topic area: group interactions
Sub-topic: social group identity
My topic idea:  ethnic festivals as a way for "hyphenated" Americans to express their ethnic identity
My research question: How do Hungarian-Americans use the annual Hungarian Festival held in New Brunswick, NJ to  create and maintain their ethnic identity?
My hypothesis: New Jersey's Hungarian-American community creates and maintains its Hungarian identity by consuming traditional ethnic foods, goods, and experiences at the annual Hungarian Festival held in New Brunswick each June.


  • methodology and research technology
    • methodology (conceptual & epistemological)
    • research methods/tools
    • statistical methods
    • models: mathematical & other
    • computer methods, media, & applications
  • sociology: history and theory
    • of professional interest (teaching sociology)
    • history & present state of sociology
    • theories, ideas, & systems
    • macrosociology: analysis of whole societies
    • comparative & historical sociology
  • social psychology
    • interaction within (small) groups (group processes, space use, leadership, coalitions, & teamwork)
    • personality & social roles (individual traits, social identity, adjustment, conformism, & deviance)
    • cognitive/interpretive sociologies, symbolic interactionism, & ethnomethodology
    • life cycle & biography
  • group interactions
    • social group identity & intergroup relations (groups based on race & ethnicity, age, & sexual orientation)
    • refugees
  • culture and social structure
    • culture (kinship, forms of social organization, social cohesion & integration, & social representations
    • social anthropology
  • complex organization
    • jobs, work organization, workplaces, & unions
    • military sociology
    • bureaucratic structure/organizational sociology
    • social network analysis
    • sociology of business & entrepreneurism
    • voluntary associations/philanthropy
  • social change and economic development
    • social change & economic development
    • market structures & consumer behavior
    • capitalism/socialism - world systems
  • mass phenomena
    • social movements
    • public opinion
    • communication
    • collective behavior
    • sociology of leisure/tourism
    • popular culture
    • transportation systems & behaviors
    • sociology of sports
  • political sociology/interactions
    • interactions between societies, nations, & states
    • sociology of political systems, politics, & power
    • welfare state
    • nationalism
  • social differentiation
    • social stratification/mobility
    • sociology of occupations & professions
    • generations/intergenerational relations
  • rural sociology and agriculture
    • rural sociology (village, agriculture)
  • urban sociology
    • urban sociology
  • sociology of language and the arts
    • sociology of language/sociolinguistics
    • sociology of art (creative & performing)
    • sociology of literature
  • sociology of education
    • sociology of education
  • sociology of religion
    • sociology of religion
  • social control
    • sociology of law
    • police, penology, & correctional problems
  • sociology of science
    • sociology of science
    • sociology of technology
  • demography and human biology
    • demography (population studies)
    • human biology/sociobiology
    • genetic engineering/reproductive biotechnology
  • the family and socialization
    • sociology of the child
    • adolescence & youth
    • sociology of sexual behavior
    • sociology of the family, marriage, & divorce
    • socialization
    • birth control (abortion, contraception, fertility, & childbearing)
    • sociology of death & dying
  • sociology of health and medicine
    • social psychiatry (mental health)
    • sociology of medicine & health care
    • substance use/abuse & compulsive behaviors (drug abuse, addiction, alcoholism, gambling, eating disorders, etc.)
  • social problems and social welfare
    • social gerontology
    • sociology of crime
    • social work & welfare services
    • juvenile delinquency
    • social service programs/delivery systems
    • victimology (rape, family violence, & child abuse)
    • sociological practice (clinical & applied)
  • sociology of knowledge
    • sociology of knowledge
    • history of ideas
  • community/regional development
    • sociology of communities & regions
  • policy, planning, forecasting
    • planning & forecasting
    • social indicators
    • policy sciences
    • negotiation, dispute settlements
    • sociology of ethics & ethical decision making
  • radical sociology
    • Marxist & radical sociologies
    • critical sociology
  • environmental interactions
    • environmental interactions
    • disaster studies
    • social geography
    • famine, hunger, & malnutrition
  • studies in poverty
    • studies in poverty
    • homelessness
  • studies in violence
    • studies in violence
    • terrorism
    • genocide
  • feminist/gender studies
    • feminist studies
    • sociology of gender & gender relations

Sources for Basic and Background Information in Sociology and Related Fields