The discipline of sociology is concerned with understanding human social groups and structures. It can include the study of social theory as well as empirical research and data analysis, and thus draws from and contributes to other disciplines such as politics, economics and law.
To write assignments about sociology, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to sociology go to this page:
Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In sociology, you will probably write:
- Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline
- Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills.
Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it.
If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all sociology courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the two typical ones above.