Preparation for Theory Preliminary Exams should begin early in your graduate program in the department of Sociology and Rural Studies. The procedures for the preliminary exams in theory and methods are provided in the department’s Ph.D. Graduate Guidebook. What is provided in these guide questions and resources are suggestions to help you prepare for the theory preliminary exam. Preliminary exams are based on the assumption that you should be familiar enough with the discipline of Sociology, in terms of theory and methods, before you continue in the program. Thus, the preliminary exams are used to determine whether you are ready to continue. The suggestions in this guide include examples of questions and resources that you may or may not find useful in preparing for the theory preliminary exams. It should also be noted that none of the questions listed here are the actual questions which will be used in the exams; they are merely examples of the nature of questions. You are expected to demonstrate higher level thinking (see Bloom’s taxonomy -- end of this document) in your answers.
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Sociology and Rural Studies, Department of, "Theory Preliminary Exams: Guide Questions and Resources" (2015). Sociology Graduate Student Guidebooks. 1.