Grade X, Term 1: What is sociology?


Sociology is the systematic and objective study of human society and social interaction.

Sociologists use research techniques similar to those of the natural sciences. They often conduct research using scientific method. That is, they establish testable hypotheses and decide ahead of time which results will lead them to accept or reject the hypotheses. Like other scientists, sociologists strive to reach conclusions and present findings that are objective—not biased by emotion or preferences. It is this commitment to scientific methods that makes sociology different from the nonscientific disciplines of the humanities.

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