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Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior and human groups. This Sociology Study Brief provides a concise, conceptual overview of the subject, including its history and methods of research. This compact guide is the ideal orientation for a student enrolled in an introductory Sociology course. It is also recommended as a resource for anyone interested in attaining a general understanding of sociological approaches and methods without having to browse numerous websites or plow through a lot of heavy textbooks. To help you to map out an overall picture of the field of Sociology quickly, this Study Brief begins with a historical time line, offering an at-a-glance overview of significant sociological events and major contributors and their contributions from 1700 AD to present day. In an organized, easy-to-follow format, this Study Brief offers a clear, understandable summary of sociological research methods and sociological theories. Quick access to definitions of key terms and simple explanations of foundational principles are supported by instructive examples and clarifying visuals. Individual sections focus on these topics: culture, socialization, social interaction, groups, organizations, deviance, social control, social stratification, power, social inequality, professions and occupations, aging, race and ethnic relations, sex and gender roles, social class, economy, education, family, health and medicine, politics, religion, community, demography, human ecology, urbanization, collective behavior, social movements and social change.