Why is sociology a social science?

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Sociology is very important to understanding the functions of a society and how those functions can inform different policies and solutions to social problems. By definition, it is the scientific study of society. It is considered a social science because sociology is a discipline that employs research to understand human behavior and that behavior's relationship with greater society.

Sociologists use the scientific method as much as possible in their work. They may employ a variety of research strategies, such as surveys, observations, and statistical analysis, but they still develop hypotheses and consider the information they've collected in coming to a conclusion. They, like traditional scientists, must create a research...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on March 16, 2020