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Sociology_Notes.pdf Sociology 1101: Introductory Sociology

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First week of class. An intro to sociology and sociologists
Dr. Kim
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lauren Dennis on Friday February 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Sociology 1101: Introductory Sociology at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Kim in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 28 views. For similar materials see Sociology in Social Sciences at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 02/05/16
Week: 1/12 and 1/14 Sociology Notes  Introduction to Sociology o Sociological Perspective: the study of human behavior and its connection to society  Point of view that reveals the power of society to shape individual lives  Enables us to question the obvious and the natural  Movement from familiar experiences  Various Interactions in a Society:  How do individuals form social groups  How do groups influence behavior  How does society shape thinking  How do people form or experience social patterns and structures  How do social structures impact human interactions o Sociology: (textbook) systematic study of human society  (socius): being together with o How to Identify Theory:  A way to explain different aspects of social interactions and to create testable propositions  Social Paradigm: are philosophical and theoretical frameworks used within a discipline to formulate theories, generalizations, and the experiments performed in support of them  Structural Functionalism: the way each part of society functions together to contribute to the whole  Conflict Theory: the way inequalities contribute to social differences and perpetuate differences in power  Symbolic Internationalism: one-to-one interactions and communications  People of Sociology: o Auguste Comte (1798-1857)  French  Coined “Sociology” (1838)  Constant and Dynamic Society: 2 different factors  Constant: as a whole, no real changes in society  Dynamic: in pieces, individuals change throughout life o Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)  British  “Survival of the Fittest”: Social Darwinism  “Progress” in society  Improvement through imbetterment  Moving forward and NEVER backward: outdated Week: 1/12 and 1/14 o Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)  Sociology: study of social facts  Social glue: solidarity (intangible)  Suicide: secondary data analysis  First to offer sociology as an academic study o Karl Marx (1818-1883)  Material(ist) conception of history  Change due to economic conflict  Conflict= exploitation of the poor o Max Weber  Change due to values and ideas  Rationalism: based on efficiency  Not bias; would agree with both sides of a “story” o Harriet Martineau (1802-1878)  Cstte’s Sociology  1 female and sociologist to “do” sociology  she experimented and observed  Research: women, immigrants, family, minorities o W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963)  First American Sociologist  First African American Ph. D. from Harvard  “Double Consciousness”  “Did” Sociology; NAACP; social reformation; “Afro Orientalism”  Modern Sociology


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