Most of us have a basic idea about how houses or transportation systems are built, but little knowledge, beyond common sense, about how societies are constructed. Sociology systematically examines the architecture of our social world and our everyday interactions.
Sociology provides a framework to understand how societies and social life in general are created, maintained, and changed. Students of sociology gain an appreciation of why it is that we do things one way, while other cultures do things differently. Topics and issues in Sociology include: family, gender, race and ethnicity, human ecology, community, religion, government, globalization, social problems, social deviance, social welfare, social change and social stratification.