The Influence of Sociology on Ethics and American Jurisprudence
Over the past decade, Sociological studies indicate that American’s ethical standards have dramatically declined. Major leading corporations in the United States have fallen due to serious unethical decisions made by executive management. In response, the legal system has changed to encourage ethical decision in our societies and places of business. Sociology is the scientific study of human social life, groups, and societies. According to famous British Sociologist, Anthony Giddens, the scope of sociology is extremely wide, ranging from analysis of a passing encounter between individuals on the street to investigations of global social processes (4). Sociologists’ research and findings are useful for determining how society may react to new laws, family and personal situations, education and employment changes, group situations, and various topics that deal with a person’s daily life and activities. Sociology plays a crucial role in contemporary intellectual culture and is the central foundation of social sciences. Sociology demonstrates a need to further examine who we are, and why we behave as we do. The manners in which individuals live their lives are significantly influenced by historical and social influences, which Sociologists comprehensively analyze. Sociology also is beneficial in the aspect it can provide a greater understanding of cultural differences and specific problems of others. Another benefit of Sociology is the understanding of consequences of actions to support in better evaluation of current policies and formation of more effective policies. The greatest benefit of Sociology is self-enlightenment. Our social backgrounds have a major influence on what choices we feel are the most appropriate, which is also parallel to personal morals and ethics. Ethics is an abstract concept that is a set of principals of acceptable conduct. Ethics is much broader than analyzing right...
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