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Sociological Research Project

1. Write a hypothesis that pertains to sociology i.e homelessness, drug abuse, violence etc.

2. Identify the independent and dependent variables

3. Operationalize the concepts in your hypotheses

4. What would your population be and how would a representative sample important to research?

5. Decide which research method would be best suited to carry out your research, explain why. what do you think you would find? (just suppose)

6. What are the principles of the Code of Ethics?

7. Was it ethical to do these studies, based on the ASA Code of Ethics? Why or why not? Be specific for each experiment. What criteria did each experiment violate?

8. Was it right to trade the suffering experienced by participants for the knowledge gained by the research?

9. If you were the experimenter in charge, would you have done these studies? would you have terminated them earlier? Would you have conducted a follow-up study?

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Hi,

Let's look at one hypothetical example to consider.

RESPONSE:

1. Write a hypothesis that pertains to sociology i.e homelessness, drug abuse, violence etc.

People who live in poverty are more likely to abuse drugs.

2. Identify the independent and dependent variables

People who live in poverty (independent variable) are more likely to abuse drug (dependent variable) than those that do not.

3. Operationalize the concepts in your hypotheses.

Poverty is operationalized a living below the poverty line (#$$10,000.00 annually).

Drug abuse is operationalized as the habitual use of drugs to alter one's mood, emotion, or state of consciousness that is not of the temporary nature.

4. What would your population be and how would a representative sample (be) important to research?

Your population would be a random sample of people living in poverty compared to those not. Then the results could be generalized to the larger population of people living in poverty.

5. Decide which research method would be best suited to carry out your research, explain why. What do you think you would find? (just suppose)

The research method best suited to carry out the research is the experimental design because you are comparing two groups (t-test) e.g. those living in poverty vs. those not living in poverty.

6. What are the principles of the Code of Ethics?

Every professional has a code of ethics, including research ...

Solution Summary

This solution addresses the questions posed related to a specific sociological research topic e.g. proposing hypothesis, identifying the independent and independent variables, operationalizing concepts, identifying the principles of the code of ethics, etc.

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