This selective introduction to the essential concepts of sociology shows students how the "sociological spirit" of structured scientific inquiry and questioning can encourage them to think more critically about the world. The ten short essays explore the fundamental issues and questions of sociology and are an ideal starting point or integrating thread for the course. Each essay focuses upon one key topic in sociology, using questions to introduce relevant terminology, concepts, theories and examples. Chapters progress from microsociological concepts (the self, small groups) to macrosociological concepts (institutions, culture, society). The three final chapters deal with the broader issues of freedom versus order, social change and global problems. The same structured, scientific method of exploration is used to integrate chapters and promote critical thinking and analysis. This book should be of interest to degree and diploma students on courses of sociology.