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Week 1 Notes- Sociology basics

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Week 1 Notes- Sociology basics Sociology 101

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What's covered: -What is Sociology? -Sociological thinking -The Sociological imagination
Sociology 101
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Introduction to Sociology, sociological perspective, sociology




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Date Created: 08/30/16
Week 1 Notes Sociology 101  What is Sociology? Sociology is…   The study of how individuals act in society.  A process of objective analysis  NOT common sense  Concluded by qualitative and quantitative data Mark of Sociology  What people do  Categories o Race o Gender social class  Historical events  Social structure o Statuses and roles (earned/born into)  Achieved statuses can determine ascribed statuses (and vice versa) o Groups   Dyad  Triad  Coalition  Primary  More permanent  Secondary  Ingroups  Consider yourself part of   Temporary o Organizations o Institutions  Made up of groups, statuses, and organizations  Examples:   Marriage  Government  o Culture Sociological Thinking and the Sociological Imagination  Things to think about: o Impact of culture and history  o Social and natural forces   Natural forces example: Someone is homeless because of a natural  disaster.  Social example: Someone is homeless because of a prejudice. o Deeper explanations  Look beyond your first presumption Barriers to the Sociological Imagination   Individual­oriented (common sense) explanations o Example: Thinking someone must not be able to find a job because they’re lazy  If unemployment is high, it isn’t the person’s fault they got laid off  Thinking you know everything o Things seem obvious if you know they’re true Other things  Sports and entertainment are good indicators of discriminations o Races/ethnicities being common in sports means they are experiencing  discrimination in other areas  Purposes of sociology o Academic  Reach a greater understanding of society and how it functions o Applied  Make predictions about society o Public  To make the information sociology gathers available to public knowledge


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