Sociology is the scientific study of the social causes and consequences of human behavior. An understanding of sociology is a means to an appreciation of the interaction of individuals and social groups. The subject matter of sociology has a broad range. It includes the study of the intimate family, as well as the hostile mob. Crime and its causes are studied, as well as religion and its influences. Divisions of race and social class are included, as well as the sharing of beliefs in a common culture. Sociology ranges from the study of work to the study of sport, from the study of the individual in society to the study of the international community, from the study of the scientific method to the understanding gained by living in a primitive culture.