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1: An Introduction to Sociology

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  • Sociology is the study of social behavior or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, disorder, and change. Many sociologists aim to conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, while others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro-sociology level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.

    Thumbnail: Inside view of Ruca Che arena in Neuquén, Argentina, during a rock concert. Image used with permission (Public domain; Diegoluciano)