A List of Simple Research Paper Topics in Sociology

Want to produce a decent sociology research paper but do not want to spend much time and effort on it? Just pick a topic that is both interesting and easy to write on. Here are few suggestions.

Racial and Gender Issues

  • The correlation between race and class.
  • The correlation between race and education levels.
  • The role of media in promoting racial stereotypes.
  • The correlation between ethnical culture and race.
  • The comparative effects of environment and race on cultural identity.
  • Gender inequality in the workplace.
  • The gender bias in media/law/social interactions.
  • Genderized occupations: are they ever justified?

Food and Commodities

These topics are often overlooked by students as “too mundane.” However, they are rich in accessible material and easy to write on.

  • Social messages in food packaging.
  • The cultural origins of most popular American foods.
  • The relationship between the location of fast food restaurants and the levels of income in the neighborhoods.
  • The influence of class inequality on food distribution.
  • The evolution of serving sizes over time, its causes and effects.
  • The influence of lifestyle change on the tradition of family dinners.
  • The reasons behind the popularity of antiques.
  • The symbolism of gold/gems in different cultures.
  • The perception of fashion accessories in different age/income groups.

Class Inequalities

  • Class segregation in cities.
  • The effects of living in low-income neighborhoods on youth.
  • The perception of taxation levels in the society: are they fair or unfair?
  • The relationship between ghettos and youth crime.
  • “Postcode discrimination” in employment.

Mass Media

  • The time targeting of TV commercials. (What ads must be shown at which time of the day for best results?)
  • The target audience and causes for popularity of a particular TV show.
  • The presentation of a particular group of people (young men, young women, adolescents, the elderly, Black/Hispanic people, disabled individuals, or mentally handicapped) in the media.
  • The demographic profile of listeners of a particular kind of music (rap, rhytm-and-blues, heavy metal, or techno).
  • The TV watching patterns of young people.
  • The evolution of children’s TV over a decade: is there less or more violence?
  • Sexuality and gender stereotypes in Disney movies.

Other Ideas

  • Explore the history and influence of a particular youth culture: punk, emo, jock, or hip-hop.
  • Investigate the history, causes, and outcomes of a well-known social movement or protest: Occupy Wall Street, Disability Right Movement, Fair Trade Movement, or any other.
  • Explore the cultural roots and original purposes of a particular myth or legend: Leprechauns, Pandora’s Box, Lochness Monster, or Valhalla.

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