What is sociology?

I finally understand what sociology is!


Review of Video #1 of Crash Course Sociology.

This was a great introductory video because I felt like I finally genuinely understood what sociology was, although given that sociology is so broad, I would probably confuse sociology with the other social sciences. I also realised that I may be a sociologist at heart, ever since I realised at university that engineering was not the solution to many communities’ problems.

Here’s a summary of some of the concepts I learned:

Sociology is the study of society and human behaviour at and across every level, done objectively through controlled and repeated observation. A society is a group of people who share a culture and territory. This makes sociology really broad, because culture influences everything and everything is a product of society.

Therefore, sociology looks for patterns in all kinds of things in all kinds of places. The sociological perspective – my first time hearing of this – comprises trying to understand social behaviour by placing it in its wider social context (the general in the particular) and approaching the everyday world as though you were seeing it for the first time (seeing the strange in the familiar), in order to uncover patterns of behaviour in a culture.

Key concepts on social location, marginlisation, as well as power and inequality were also introduced, and I’m sure we will delve into those in future videos!

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