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Sociology - The Scientific Study of Human Social Relations Introduction I have previously taken the courses that relate to Sociology through my many years of Human Resource related courses While taking these classes I found that Sociology is the scientific study of human social relations or group life Other disciplines I found within the social sciences were economics political science anthropology and psychology which are also topics that fall within the scope of human society Sociologists examine the ways in which social structures and institutions such as class family community and power and social problems such as crime and abuse influence society Therefore my goal in writing this paper is to demonstrate how Sociology is a true matter in which every day life is molded It is obvious to me that Social interaction or the responses of individuals to each other is perhaps the basic sociological concept because such interaction is the elementary component of all relationships and groups that make up human society Sociologists who concentrate on the details of particular interactions as they occur in everyday life are sometimes called microsociologists those concerned with the larger patterns of relations among major social sectors such as the state and the economy and even with international relations are called macrosociologists Obviously as a discipline or body of systematized knowledge sociology is a relatively recent origin The concept of civil society as a realm distinct from the state was expressed in the writings of the 17th century English Philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Locke and of the later thinkers of the French and Scottish enlightenments Their works anticipated the subsequent focus of sociology as did the later philosophies of history of the Italian Philosopher Giambattista Vico and the German Philosopher Georg Willhelm Friedrich Hegel with regard to the study of social change The history behind the development of Sociology The following is a little history behind the development of Sociology as we know it today The
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