a science which aims at the interpretive understanding of social behavior in order to gain an explanation of its causes, course, and its effects
A sociologist's line of questioning
Factual question: what happened?; Comparative question: did this happen everywhere?; Developmental question: has this happened over time?; Theoretical question: why does this occur?
sociological analysis. concerned with the study of everyday behavior in situations of face-to-face interaction
sociological analysis. concerned with the analysis of large-scale social systems, like the political system or the economic order
the use of systematic methods of empirical investigation, the analysis of data, theoretical thinking, and the logical assessment of arguments to develop a body of knowledge about a particular subject matter
the ability to reflect upon and evaluate our own evaluations