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Sociology and Ethics

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June Nguyen SOCA 1910-01 September 23, 2001 Professor Khalifeh Essay #1: Sociology Sociology is the study of social life and social structure by examining the groups and social institutions in which people shape. Sociologists are concerned with the characteristics of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people's behaviors contribute within these contexts (www.smsu.edu). A sociology major provides a wide range of opportunities that requires only the B.A. or the B.S. degree, because almost any career requires the kind of skills and knowledge developed in studying sociology. This major ranges from the study of family relationships to the study of large bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Sociology majors may enter hundreds of career paths. They may specialize in criminology, demography, family relations, gerontology, social welfare, sex and gender, race relations, social change, and social status. ...read more.


According to Max Weber's view, sociologists must practice value neutrality in their research. Weber pointed out that researchers may brings any beliefs they wish, but they must not confuse their own values with the social reality being studied (Schaefer, 74). When researchers work on an investigation that they find repugnant, and they bring their deepest morals or religious beliefs to the investigation, the end result will be unsuccessful. Sociologists should strive to maintain objectivity and integrity in the process of conducting sociological research and practice. It is sociologist responsibility to ensure that their own personal feelings or views do not influence the interpretation of data. It is important for sociologists to abide by the Code of Ethics. The Code is intended to provide both the rules and principles to resolve ethical issues encountered by sociologists. ...read more.


It also put their colleagues in jeopardy as well, because it reflects badly on everyone in the professions. It creates an expectation in the public's mind that everyone in that profession acts in that way (Swigert, 11). In conclusion, sociology majors may enter many careers, and it is highly recommended for sociologists to practice Code of Ethics and value neutrality in their professional lives. Adhering codes of ethics and value neutrality will provide everyone with a firm foundation upon which to build. Sociologists can maintain value neutrality in their research by overcome any biases that they may bring to the research. The Code is meant to help all sociologists resolve to the ethical issues that may arise at work. Sociologists and professionals must take ethics seriously, and remind themselves how important it is to uphold its principles. If they failed to abide the Code of Ethics, they will become vulnerable. Without the Codes of Ethics, the professions, and it members are at jeopardy. ...read more.

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