DISCUSS THE NOTION “SOCIOLOGY IS A SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINE.” IS THERE A PLACE FOR COMMON SENSE KNOWLED

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In discussing the notion of sociology as a scientific discipline, this paper will first define the key terms of ‘sociology’ and ‘scientific discipline’, followed by a synopsis of the general rationale behind viewing sociology as a scientific discipline as well as specific positions held by various traditional categories of theorists and groups of sociologists. The final section will then address the place of common sense in the sociological discourse.

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Running head: DISCUSS THE NOTION1DISCUSS THE NOTION SOCIOLOGY IS A SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINE. IS THERE APLACE FOR COMMON SENSE KNOWLEDGE IN THE SOCIOLOGICAL DISCOURSE?ByDavid Cole, Esther Inniss, Dellon Murray, Carol NageerA paper submittedin partial fulfillmentfor the Degree of Bachelorsat University of GuyanaNovember 16, 2012DISCUSS THE NOTIONIn discussing the notion of sociology as a scientific discipline, this paper will first define the keyterms of sociology and scientific discipline, followed by a synopsis of the general rationalebehind viewing sociology as a scientific discipline as well as specific positions held by varioustraditional categories of theorists and groups of sociologists. The final section will then addressthe place of common sense in the sociological discourse.Key termsSociology in its broadest sense has a lot of definitions. Sociology is the study of human behaviorin society (Anderson & Taylor 2004). According to A.Thio (1994), sociology is a scientificstudy of human society and interaction. Therefore a refined definition of sociology can be ascientific study of human behavior in society; but what exactly science is one may ask. Tichler(2002), says that science is a body of systematically arranged knowledge that shows theoperation of general laws. On the other hand, Giddens (1986) defined science as the use ofsystematic ally method of research and investigation and the logical analysis of argument inorder t

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