Week 1 Class Notes
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Date Created: 08/30/15
Wednesday August 26th 2015 SOC 402 Hennessee Notes from class Lego activity The class split into groups of students and were given a zip lock bag of Legos We were told by the instructor to make something that was going to improve society in some way shape or form After we finished our product and wrote its name function possible malfunctions etc we handed it off to the next group They were not given the description just the product and were instructed to make decisions about what the machine was This activity was an intro activity to the class in its entirety The Lego machines are representative of the theories that we will study in this class As students or anyone who analyzes theories that we will we all saw the machine from a new different perspective Therefore each group had envisioned a different machine than the creator may have intended This exemplifies that theories can be applied in multiple settings by multiple people and in the end the theory is concrete Just like the Legos Kev point in class todav Theories are used to explain phenomenon However phenomenon is not an example of theory Example Imagine that you have your brand new iPhone laying on your desk You saw it there and when you turned back to see your phone it was gone If you were a student in western society you may think it dropped on the ground someone took it etc However if you were a firm believer in magic it could have flown away disappeared spontaneousy combusted etc Conclusions from Introductory Readings 1 Theorists always question confront and challenge each others ideas 2 Continuity is a term that is used similar to the lego activity when explaining theory A theory is like a tool in a tool box no matter when you use it why you need it or who needs it the tool can be used to fix what needs fixing Very similar to theory A theory was made perhaps a long time ago but if you pull it out and use it to explain a certain phenomena it will work just the same 3 Theories help us see patterns Friday August 28th 2015 SOC 402 Hennessee Macro lens big picture applicable to larger institutions in the social world Micro lens small intimate applicable to a certain piece in the institution The beginnings of social theory began during enlightenment Shortly before Industrialism had given many people factory type jobs opened their eyes to working parts of the social world During this period people were no longer satisfied with turning to religion to solve all their problems People started to investigate why things were make generalizations and ideologies about aspects of their world The Enlightenment was a very controversial time Many people did not agree with this movement and stuck true to their roots of religion Touched base with a few social theorists that arose during this time 1 Comte 2 Durkheim 3 Hegel 4 Marx
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