Sociology and the scientific method

What puts the science in social science?

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Review of Video #3 of Crash Course Sociology.

There are 3 types of sociological inquiry for exploring the social world.

First is positive sociology which is based on the systematic observation of social behaviour (i.e. the scientific method). This approach aims to be objective and uses empirical evidence. Typically it involved more quantitative data.

Second is interpretative sociology which is the study of society that focuses on the meanings that people attach to their social word. Here, we approach the world from our subject’s perspective. The data is usually more qualitative.

Finally,¬†critical sociology focuses on the need for social change.¬†Its approach is based on values, which are the ideas a person holds about what’s good and the attitudes they hold about how the world works.

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