Finding a Topic

Before you begin your preliminary research, it is necessary to reflect on where you ultimately want to go with the research.  Consider these questions to get started:

  • Do you understand the difference between a social problem and a social controversy?
  • Do you understand the role that stakeholders play in controversial issues?
  • What current social problems or controversies interest you?
  • Where might you start your preliminary research?

The information in this section will guide you in working through these questions.