Sociology-Class-Notes (Scope of Sociology)

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Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, as its subject matter is our own behaviour as social beings. The scope of sociological study is extremely wide ranging from analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street to the investigation of global social processes.

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SOCIOLOGY IIDefinition: Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, as its subject matter is our own behaviour as social beings. The scope of sociological study is extremely wide ranging from analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street to the investigation of global social processes.Scope and way of sociological study:Sociology basically studies human relationships and it can be studied both at a macro as well as a micro level. For example a family can be studied in two ways. At the macro level, one can study the functions of the family in the society. Functions such as 1) giving identity to a person2) giving emotional, psychological support to a personWhile at the micro level individual members of the family can be studied. A study of relationships can take place. 1) Relation between spouses2) Relation between siblings, parent and child, grand parentsStudy of the family at the micro level involves the study of individual actors that constitute the family rather than the study of the family as a whole, which takes place at a macro level study of the family. At the macro level family is taken to be one unit of the entire society while at the micro level each individual is one unit of the family. Both the micro and macro level represent the analytical point of departure from where we start our study. Scope of Sociology: Sociology has a very wide scope as there ca

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