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Sociology 100:001 Professor Gong August 22-26, 2016 I. What is Sociology? a. The study of human society. II. Topics in Sociology: a. All social issues. b. Theories and methods. c. Fundamental concepts. d. Social inequality. e. Social institutions. III. Course objectives? a. Help us gain a deeper understanding of human society. b. How we can use it to understand our society. c. Exposure to research findings. d. Apply theories to every-day life. IV. Why Sociology? a. We all live in sociology and want to learn more about it. b. A perspective of the human world. c. Helps with different careers. The Sociological Perspective. Why do people commit suicide? o Death is an easier way than continuing the pain. o Mental illness can play a part. o Too naive to go and seek the help when they need it. Which group of people have higher suicide rates? Unmarried people. Which group of people have higher suicide rates? Men. Which groups of people have higher suicide rates? The elderly. People in which of the two states have higher suicide rates? Indiana or California? Emile Durkheim (1857-1917). o French Sociologist. o Studied suicide rates in France in the 1890’s. o Focused on social cases of suicide. Normative Theory of Suicide showed that: Suicide rates are strongly influenced by such social forces and social integration. Suicide is not just an individual-based problem. o Social integration (interaction) - how well one is intergraded into his/her social group/community. o Social regulations (norms) – the number of rules guiding one’s daily life. Types of suicide. Altruistic Suicide- occurs when one experiences too much social integration. Egoistic Suicide- occurs when one is not well integrated into a social group. Anomic Suicide- occurs as a result of too little social regulation. 1 Sociology 100:001 Professor Gong August 22-26, 2016 Fatalistic Suicide- occurs as a result of too much social regulation. 2
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