Sociology - A positivist science of society

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Sociology emerged from enlightenment thought, shortly after the French Revolution, as a positivist science of society. Its genesis owed to various key movements in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of knowledge. Social analysis in a broader sense, however, has origins in the common stock of philosophy and necessarily pre-dates the field.

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SOCIOLOGY AS and A LEVELThe fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our livesPeter Berger: Invitation to SociologySTUDENT HANDBOOKRASTRICK SIXTH FORM COLLEGEWelcome to the Sociology DepartmentThe Sociology course is extremely interesting and we believe you will find your studies enjoyable and stimulating. Sociology is a popular discipline and covers a wide variety of topics, with a focus on contemporary British society. It will increase your understanding of the world; how diverse families have become, why some people visit the doctor more than others, why poverty continues to exist, what makes someone deviant. These are the types of questions sociologists have tried to answer through their research.What is Sociology?Sociology is the study of the society around you. It investigates how it affects you; your personality, your opportunities and your behaviour. It investigates relationships between people, their social groups and institutions around them - in other words, it considers people like you and how social class, gender and ethnicity affect opportunities and how you are influenced by your family, peers and society. Sociology is a subject full of different ideas and lots of debate - sociologists do not agree on much!! For this reason, there is no one correct answer to a sociological question such as; "what makes a person commit a crime?'" - all points of vi

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