Sociology and social work are two related fields which both deal with the relationships of human beings to their social environments however the two career paths involve very different work environments practices and educations. Sociology and social work have the same focus us as members of society but dont let that fool you the two are the same thing if we were to sum each discipline in four words we can easily say that sociology is based on research while social work focuses on problem solving. Publisher summary this chapter provides an overview of sociology and social work sociology is increasingly seen as helping to provide a basis of knowledge on which the social worker can draw to work with clients in the context of the complex organizational settings of a modern society. This excellent textbook introduces the social work student to the field of sociology illustrating how sociology is connected to and fundamental to effective social work practice. The short answer is that sociology is generic while social work is specific another way of expressing this difference is sociology is mainly theoretical while social work is largely practical being an applied science
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