In this module, you learned about what sociology is, where it came from, and the many possibilities for its present-day use. Unless you are planning a life of total solitude, sociology can contribute positively in both your personal and professional life. Due to the diversity of our society and a “shrinking” world, it’s a good bet that you will regularly encounter people from distinctly different cultures, even within the borders of the United States.
You can review the ways that sociologists study behavior and review some of the major contributions from early sociologists in the following video.
Understanding one another contributes to more peaceful interactions as we go about our daily living. An active and working knowledge of the sociological imagination helps us see the connections between our personal experiences and how our own life may be impacted by the way society views us as individuals.