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The Influence of Sociology on Ethics and American Jurisprudence Dr. Charles Lako Jr. 1/24/08 BUL 3130 Section 0L01 Timothy Nolen T1779812 Word Count: 1493
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The Influence of Sociology on Ethics and American Jurisprudence Sociology According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, sociology is defined as, “ the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings” ( Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary ). Sociology has allowed us to study behaviors in our environment and put them into social situations. Sociology was originally devised to give an academic meaning to the theories of theology, philosophy, law, and economics. Today sociology has emerged as a study of science from the response to society to explain the challenges of modernization. ( Sociological Research in America , Kearl) Sociologists try to understand what keeps social groups held together, but also looks for reasons as to why exploitation and social isolation still exist. There are many types of sociological research that are available to sociologists today. Some of the most popular types are archival research, which compiles facts from a variety of records. Another type of research is historical research which involves reviewing historical data that is related to a person, group, or society. Survey research obtains information from a random sample of society through interviews, mail-out surveys, and questionnaires. And the final measure of sociological research is observational research is using data from the senses to observe specific traits from random people or events in society. The sociologist will choose the method that best fits their time and monetary restraints that they have upon their research. Ethics According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary ethics is defined as, “a set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values; a consciousness of moral importance” (Merriam-
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Webster's Online Dictionary) . There are many situations in ethics that do not have a right or wrong answer. In these types of situations we say that they fall into the “grey area”. This “grey area” is where the laws do not state that a person is in the wrong but if you were to judge their actions on the moral level it would clearly be shown that they are operating at an unethical level. Ethics play a major role in modern business operation and with the recent string of unethical
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