1.Chooseonetopic related to deviant behavior (this can be anything from drug use to
having a disability)
Include at least TWO scholarly articles concerning your topic of choice
2.Choose one major theoretical paradigm
. Examples are below (you are not limited to these theories)
Grand theory examples: Social constructionism, functionalism, feminist
Specific theory examples: Differential association, social control, strain
theory, rational choice theory, labeling theory
3.Use your theory to explain your topic
Example: What would a social construction have to say about drug use?
Make sure to tell me about both your topic and your theory! A little summary
information is necessary
Cite all sources
—even sociology textbooks if you are using them for basic
Make sociologists use certain theories in their research, you can search for
this type of scholarly article to make your life a little easier.