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Using evidence

When you study Sociology, you are dealing with things that are very familiar to you; things that constitute essentially your whole social world, like the media, families, relationships. The aim of Sociology, however, is to get you to try to observe this social world from the point of view of a social scientist - that is, to stand outside your world and examine it with fresh eyes; to see the ordinary as unfamiliar. Principally, you need to question the habits and attitudes that we all take for granted and to ask on what basis these are formed.

By trying to put aside our preconceived views, prejudices, and assumptions about what is "normal" or "natural", we can come to a greater understanding of why social relations and institutions might be as they are.

In thinking about sociological issues you will need to question your own assumptions and determine what evidence exists to support your views.

This evidence will take the form of:

  • Sociological theory
  • Empirical studies
  • Concrete examples
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