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Is sociology scientific?

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree Social Theory

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Patricia Curmi

SP1151A: Research Methods and Data Analysis

Seminar tutor: Ursula Wolski

Date due: 27.11.02

Is sociology scientific?

Science offers humans a unique opportunity to observe and interpret the world around them, allowing us to free ourselves from the constraints of mysticism and guesswork that our ancestors relied upon to make sense of a planet which otherwise appears totally random and chaotic. The analytical, systematic process inherent to the scientific approach bases its foundations of knowledge in the naturally occurring patterns and rhythms that govern the natural world. Scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry and physics offer not only the ability to explain the nature of matter or the processes of life, but was also able to form generalisations about their properties. Sociology, often viewed by many scientists as a poorly formed younger sibling of 'true science', has suffered during its short life-span a barrage of criticisms levelled against it regarding the reliability and accuracy of its methods and theories when compared to the 'natural' sciences.

During both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries advances in science and technology encouraged people to believe that there could be a rational explanation for everything

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