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SOCI 1160, Week 1 Notes

by: Amber Levister

SOCI 1160, Week 1 Notes SOCI 1160 030

Amber Levister
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These are detailed notes from today's class (1/14/16)!
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Amber Levister on Thursday January 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 1160 030 at Georgia State University taught by Mindy Stombler in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 129 views. For similar materials see Intro to Social Problems in Sociology at Georgia State University.

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Date Created: 01/14/16
Intro to Social Problems Thursday  1/14/16   Sociology=  a  systematic  study  of  society  and  social  interaction Thinking  Sociologically  Requires  3  Assumptions: 1. Individuals  are  products  of  their  social  environment   -­‐Ex:  Zimbardo  Prison  Experiment:  created  a  mock  prison  to  see  how  being  a   prisoner  or  guard  affected  people’s  behavior;  about  24  “prisoners”  and  “guards”   didn’t  have  a  criminal  background  but  took  on  their  assigned  role   **affluenza=  lack  of  moral  compass  due  to  being  wealthy  and  poor   understanding  of  consequences   2. We  examine  the  structure  of  society     -­‐>Social  institutions:  established  patterns  of  reoccurring  relationships     o ex:  military,  media,  family,  education,  criminal  justice  system   -­‐C.  Wright  Mills-­‐  “The  Sociological  Imagination”=  the  ability  to  appreciate  the   structural  basis  for  individual  problems   -­‐ADHD  from  a  structural  standpoint:  What  caused  increased  diagnoses?   • Advancement  of  technology,     • $$$$$  (advertisement  to  consumers,  pure  profit),     • changing  definition,     • education  system  (classrooms  crowded,  individuals  w/  disabilities  -­‐>  tutors,  No   Child  Left  Behind)   3. Sociologists  adopt  a  critical  stance  toward  all  social  forms     • Helps  us  see  how  society  is  organized  and  the  role  that  all  social  institutions  play   o Crack  vs.  Cocaine-­‐  studying  who  uses  which  and  who  gets  more  felony   convictions  and  longer  prison  sentences   § Prior  to  2010  the  ratio  was  100:1,  After  2010  the  ratio  was  18:1   1/14/16 6:34 PM 1/14/16 6:34 PM 1/14/16 6:34 PM 1/14/16 6:34 PM


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