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1.1A: Studying Sociology
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- Identify ways in which sociology is applied in the real world
- Sociology uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to study both face-to-face human social interactions and large scale social trends.
- Sociology uses empirical and critical analysis methods to study human social interaction.
- Sociology includes both macrosociology and microsociology; microsociology examines the study of people in face-to-face interactions, and macrosociology involves the study of widespread social processes.
- Sociology is a branch of the social sciences that uses systematic methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop and refine a body of knowledge about human social structure and activity.
- sociology: The study of society, human social interaction, and the rules and processes that bind and separate people, not only as individuals, but as members of associations, groups, and institutions
- quantitative: Of a measurement based on some quantity or number rather than on some quality.
- qualitative: Of descriptions or distinctions based on some quality rather than on some quantity.