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What is Sociology?

What is Sociology?

Sociology studies society in all its manifestations and digs beneath the surface. Often it comes up with fresh insights and unexpected findings.

Sociology studies how children are socialised - for better or for worse - by their homes and schools; it looks at the forces that influence the nature and quality of work; it investigates the causes of crime and violence in society; and it researches inequality. These are just some of the many issues that sociology explores. 

Sociology also attempts to explicate the challenge we are facing in South Africa and on the African continent in a globalising world. By implication, the new movement of people, of goods, of communications, ideas and information and money across traditional boundaries; the challenges of asking the appropriate questions from this tip of the African continent; as well as the crises around the social difficulties of creating a democratic society. These will be visited often throughout our teaching and learning.