Once you have selected an interesting sociological problem, derive 3 alternative hypotheses from theories you think would be interesting to test in this context. These 3 theories can be taken from different traditions: methodological individualism, relationalism or institutionalism. Or use a theory not covered in the class which you find interesting. Do not discuss theories abstractly against each other, but rather use them to spell out explanations of the sociological problem. You may find it is hard to come up with evidence speaking equally to all 3 theories. Ideally have one body of empirical evidence to decide between theories. Try and go beyond what has been done. March 21, 2011 french pragmatism and new institutionalism. Focus: theorizing developed in french and american tradition of sociology in reaction to some of the problems of classical normative theories (parsons) and rational choice (coleman) Many sociological theories interested in uncovering mechanisms of domination/social control, signs of basic tensions underlying modern society.