Sociology studies how society works. It will help you to understand how individuals fit into a wider social network and encourage you to question beliefs about society which you may have previously taken for granted. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does and the extent to which our behaviour and opportunities can be shaped by our social class, age, gender and race. Sociology provides valuable skills such as the ability to work independently, to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. The ability to understand complex ideas and apply these to practical situations, research and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct interviews, surveys, focus groups and interpret and challenge numerical data and statistics.