Sociology Projects for High School Students

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Sociology is best studied by collecting data, and analyzing society directly. Students can get involved in this process through the application of sociology projects. Here are a few possible types of projects that might work for high school students.

Sociology High School Projects

Sociology involves studying human society. This includes cultural attitudes, the way it's structured, the way it works, and the way it's developed over the course of history. Aside from the history part, most of these topics can be studied (at least partly) by looking directly at the world around us, collecting data, and making observations. There is a lot of project-based learning that can happen in the subject of sociology. For some examples of how this can work, check out the rest of this lesson. Why not try some of these ideas for yourself?

Cultural Exchange Projects

This project involves having students exchange cultural information with somebody who was born in another country. This can be done in many different ways. You can have someone in the community talk with a student, you can combine with a foreign language program to have students complete the sociology project as part of a student exchange program, or you can simply put students in touch with another school via the Internet.

However it's done, the goal of the project is for students to explore and summarize the similarities and differences between the two cultures. They can present this information through a reflection, a video, an essay, a presentation, or a poster. Use whichever method will work best for your students.

Appearance and Perceptions Projects

For this project, have students investigate how appearances and perceptions affect how people respond to one another. There are many possible projects that students can take part in within this category. A student can look at how different modes of dress affect perceptions, including daily life, and in more prescriptive situations like job interviews. Another student may investigate how racial bias affects people's perceptions, and how people of different races tend to be viewed in our society. Another student might look at hairstyles, or piercings and tattoos, or the particular car you drive. As long as it's something visual and superficial, it's fair game for this project. Students can then present what they have learned through the research, including collecting and analyzing data, to the class.

Cultural Attitudes Project

For this project, students must analyze a particular cultural attitude present in that culture. There are literally dozens of attitudes that students can investigate. Here are a few examples:

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