Section 1: Introduction to Sociology

Fundamentals of Sociology - Adam McKee and Scott Bransford

Sociology is the scientific study of human society, social behavior, and the patterns of relationships that exist between individuals and groups. As an academic discipline, sociology seeks to understand the complexity of social life and how it affects human behavior. This chapter, “Introduction to Sociology,” provides an overview of the field of sociology, its history, and the methods used to study social phenomena. Section 1.1 examines what sociology is and the various perspectives and approaches used to understand society. Section 1.2 delves into the history of sociology, exploring the major theorists who shaped the discipline.

Section 1.3 discusses the methods used in sociological research, including qualitative and quantitative approaches. Section 1.4 highlights the importance of theory in sociology, and section 1.5 explores the different research methods used in sociology. By the end of this chapter, readers will have a better understanding of the scope and methods of sociology and its relevance in understanding our complex and changing social world.

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