14 Jun 2013

What is Sociology?

W.E.B Du Bois
Sociology, as defined by many, is the empirical study of society. In other words, it is the scientific examination of social institutions. But the study of sociology is much more than that, as it teaches its students about society's hierarchy of power, how to analyze it, and how to make fellow humans conscious of the invisible ladder.

Sociology also teaches how to observe from an internal level as well. From a micro or individual level, sociology can teach you about the effects of society on you -- how social institutions have made you believe certain "facts," how it has affected your behaviors, how it has affected your interests, etc. Basically, it will tear into your mind and decode you, revealing the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This is why sociological knowledge is vital to human evolution. It is important because it teaches you about the flaws of social institutions, how these institutions have affected us as people, how you can become more observant of it, and how you can spread your observations.

So come along with me on this journey as I expose myself to the teachings of sociology!

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