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SO 1003 Lecture 1 notes

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A literal intro to sociology. Includes a discussion on certain concepts, well-known sociologists, the involvement of American sociology, and theoretical approaches used by society.
Intro to Sociology
Mariathuy Trinh
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sociology, Introduction to Sociology




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Date Created: 08/19/16
SO 1003 Lecture 1 An Intro to Sociology I. What is sociology? A. The scientific study of human social behavior and human groups 1. Pairing an individual’s life/experience to the history of society B. Sociological information—how personal experiences are related to society overall C. Divisions of sociology 1. microsociology—local studies 2. macrosociology—group studies II. Components of sociology A. social institutions 1. components/structures affecting people over time 2. integrate individuals into society 3. includes: family, education B. social identities 1. the self’s definition of identifying with a particular group 2. includes: age, sexuality III.Famous sociologists A. August Comte 1. coined the term “sociology” 2. theorized positivism a) study of society systematically B. Harriet Martineau 1. first to translate Comte’s work 2. considered first feminist social scientist C. Karl Marx 1. developed theory of historical materialism a) class conflict is the main cause of social change b) uprising of the lower class to take control D. Max Weber 1. theorized subjectivity a) foundation of interpretive sociology (1) long process to get one thing done E. Émile Durkheim 1. positivist sociology a) society is studied by using certain observable relationships F. Georg Simmel
 1. formal sociology a) use of numbers to determine how social interactions react (1) example: two people parting ways vs three friends IV. American sociology A. University of Chicago increased prominence of sociology to society B. studied at “Chicago School” C. did empirical research 1. an individual’s behavior and personality is shared by their environments D. prominent sociologists: Cooley, Mead, du Bois, Addams V. Major Theoretical Approaches to Society A. structural-functional approach 1. society is a complex system with many moving parts keeping it together a) thing of human body 2. conflict approach a) society is an arena of inequality that produces change and conflict 3. symbolic-interaction approach a) society is a product of every day interactions of individuals SO 1003 Lecture 1 b) SO 1003 Lecture 1 c)


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