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8/27/15 Notes

by: Anna Lueth

8/27/15 Notes SOC 105

Anna Lueth
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Social Problems (GT-SS3)
Joshua Adam Sbicca

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A detailed outline on Professor Sbicca's lecture on Thursday, August 27th.
Social Problems (GT-SS3)
Joshua Adam Sbicca
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Anna Lueth on Friday August 28, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 105 at Colorado State University taught by Joshua Adam Sbicca in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 71 views. For similar materials see Social Problems (GT-SS3) in Sociology at Colorado State University.


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Date Created: 08/28/15
Social Problems 105 Professor Sbicca 82715 1 Sociological Imagination a The sociological imagination requires a detachment from the takenforgranted assumptions about social life 2 System Blame or Victim Blame a ex teachers and students i Teachers are constantly blamed for students grades b System Blame i Societal conditions are primary source of social problemslooking at power distribution ii Some problems with this approach 1 System is made up of individual people and some people can be mean hateful etc a If you only blame the system you ignore things like freewill c Personblame i Distracts attention AWAY from institutions 1 Frees government economy amp educational system from blame 2 Makes it more dif cult to create systemic change in economic social or political institutions 3 Allows powerful to control dissidents a Legitimizes social programs aimed at individualscounseling behavior modi cations or psychotherapy All you need is to take this medication 4 Personblame reinforces stereotypes a Social Darwinist position that people are placed in system according to ability or inability i We are all still evolving and only the best win the race ii Societal conditionsnorms that are racist seXist or homophobic go unchallenged d Milieu vs Social Structure i Millieu l One s environment or setting a EX CSUSocial environ you are participating in in a regular basis ii Social Structure 1 The contextual condition and historical moment that help de ne our collective behavior a EX DiversityRACISM Social Problems 105 Professor Sbicca 82715 e Private Trouble Public Issue i Troubles l Occurs within character of individualwithin scope of his immediate milieu CW Mills ii Issues 1 Have to do with the organization of many such milieu into the institutions of a historical society as a whole CW Mills f Biographies are lived in the context of world events that are in turn determined by historically speci c conditionsthis happens simultaneously g Sociological ImaginationSI i involves moving from thinking about the individual and their problem and focusing on the circumstances that produce the problem 1 ex cause of homelessness individual pathology or public policy h Koyaanisqatsi i Why are the images and sounds juxtaposed l The images are showing war and poverty abandoned houses and buildings all ending The music is based on minimalism it never completeslike life i Sociological Methods i Variables l a property of people or objects that can take on two or more values a ex i Variable l Raceall different types ii Variable 2 Educational Achievement ii Hypothesis 1 tentative statement about how the variables are related to each other iii Independent variable 1 the variable expected to account for the cause of the dependent variable iv Dependent variable 1 the variable to be explained Correlation does not mean causality j Sociological Methods QuantitativeThink Numbers i Survey Research 1 Collects data based on a series of questions 2 Surveys can be offered in several formats Social Problems 105 Professor Sbicca 82715 a Selfadministered mailonline group inperson interviews telephone surveys ii Secondary Data Analysis 1 Relies on previously collected data a Large public survey data sets data collected in experimental studies k Sociological Methods Qualitative i Data collection conducted in the eld emphasizing the observations about natural behavior as experienced or witnessed by the researcher ii Methods include 1 Participant observations 2 Focus groups 3 Indepth interviewing l HistoricalComparative Methods i Focus on one historical period or traces sequenced events over time 1 Comparative research involves multiple cases or data from more than one time period


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