In view of the practical interest of students (who always want to have some clarity about what is permitted and what is not) and teachers (who should know what to expect from students) let us agree here on some general characteristics and conditions of an essay as an academic written assignment. The chief characteristics of an essay are as follows: 1. Usually an essay means test, a written piece that is relatively short (if compared to a research or comprehensive study), which can range from two pages to forty or even fifty (on demand, due to what neatness you want to give to the subject or what is established by your teacher). It is true, however, that some classic authors have named their writings a test, in spite of them being full and rather extensive research.
THE NATURE OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
OKUMAGBA, OGHENERO PAUL, FAYEYE, J. O. & EJECHI, EUCHARIA
DEFINITION AND MEANINGS
Different people see Sociological & theory in several ways. Differing people have regarded different facets of sociology as theory and students are also involved because their works derive from theories.
How do we define a theory? In other to provide an answer to this question, we must involve some definition which must help us in this.
Mennell, S. (1972) distinguished just what a theory should be and what by convention is named Sociological theory. He started by saying that sociology theory in some instances is not sociological theory. What this means is that, it deals generally with a body of ideas mounted on theory, and this is not always their in the strict Sense of it.