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Week 1/2 Notes- Sociology

by: Noah G. Thomas

Week 1/2 Notes- Sociology SYG 2000

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Noah G. Thomas
Introduction to Sociology
Damien Contessa

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In case you were absent, or you just need a little guidance, here are the week one and week two notes for sociology.
Introduction to Sociology
Damien Contessa
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Date Created: 09/05/15
Sociological Mindfulness Tuning in to how the social world works realizing how our lives are intimately related to the world around us Or The practice of paying attention to the problems hardships and struggles other people face Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and re ect Twain Sociology The scientific study of social action and social order B ased off investigative theory method and concepts and data Radica1 Sociology is the queen of sciences because science is interdependent upon the current social paradigm People doing things together Sociological Imagination Coined by C Wright Mills The ability to understand the intersection of history and biography The ability to understand how the personal experience of any individual relates to the history the largertotal social picture of the time Identity crisis inability to accept Who you are lTranssexuals gender dysphasia The Social World is made up of SHARED BELIEFS and PATTERNS OF ACTIVITY TED Notes EXPANDING PERCEPTION The Power of Vulnerability If you can t measure it it doesn t exist Connection is why we re here Shame and fear fearshame of inadequacy Vulnerability connection necessitates vulnerability to be opened and seen for whom one is truly A sense of Worthiness believe they re worthy of love and belonging quotWhat is the root of this believing that one is worthy of love and belonging What all the people have in common wholehearted Courage heart to tell the story of your own heart who they are self acceptance and actualization Compassion to be kind to themselves and others Connection let go of what they thought they should be for whom they were Vulnerability fully embraced what made them vulnerable made them beautiful like it was necessary Willingness to have faith We numb vulnerability We are the most in debt obese addicted medicated and we don t want to feel this When we numb this we numb everything happiness joy purpose etc We make everything that s uncertain to certain 66 Blame is a way to discharge pain and discomfort We perfect plastic surgery for children We pretend that what we do doesn t have an effect on people Let yourself be seen love with you whole heart attempt for unconditional love Practice gratitude and joy I am enough Belonging connection happiness Becoming a Social Analyst and Explorer Practical vs scientific knowledge Practical knowledge is the knowledge we use to get along in our everyday life Sceintific knowledge is the knowledge gained from investigation of things It develops from asking questions who what how why where when And collecting information and drawing conclusions based on evidence We must STOP taking things for granted What is Sociology The Social World is made up of shared beliefs and patterns of activity Sociology is the systematic or scientific study of human society and social behavior from large scale institutions to organizations to interpersonal interactions Sociology is the study of social action and social order Sociology is the study of people doing things together Howard Becker Society is a group of people who shape their lives together in a patterned way that distinguishes their group from other groups SOCi l Sciences are the scientific and academic disciplines that study the human world Sociology studies all levels of human activity and emphasizes contemporary society Anthropology primitive and traditional culture Psychology Study of individual people mental and biophysical Communication how people and organizations communicate Economics how wealth is produced and distributed Politics how power is negotiated Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance Confucius We define ourselves by what we oppose James Carse Sociology Scientific study of social action and social order Social action is about understanding how and why people interact and interpret their worlds Everything we experience Social order is about the laws structures and norms that guide and inform our actions invisiblemore powerful things that guide our life Science Science is a way of generating and testing the truth of statements about events in the world of human experience The Scientific Method is a procedure for acquiring knowledge that emphasizes collecting concrete data through observation and experiment Question hypothesis observation data analyze data conclusion Microsociology The level of analysis that studies facetoface and small group interaction to understand how they affect the larger patterns and institutions in society studying social action Macrosociology the level of analysis that studies large scale social structures to determine how they affect the lives of groups and individuals studying social order Visual sociology Macro and micro perspectives 6 Macro the bigger picture wide angle lens and biggest figure possible getting a sense of its general sense and structure how things are related at a grand scale Studying systems Participation in large groups often constricts our behavior Social institutions Studying human behavior involves how all the different institutions of ones life in uences the other institutions It makes sense to study institutional behavior because it often leads to individual behavior Larger social institutions limit and expand or potentialchoices Micro look more closely at the individuals Small scale social interaction This is like standing on a comer watching the world go by Gives us a clearer picture of the nittygritty of human behavior in everyday activities It focuses on attachment How people create society by the meanings they give things The meaning of any behavior is dependent upon the social context in which it occurs How people express themselves with feeling and meaning Social Theories are abstract propositions that describe how things are and how things should be Social theories or paradigms are guiding principles or abstract models that attempt to explain and predict the social world Social theory evolved as a way to describe and understand the massive social political and economic shifts happening in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth century What was the massive paradigm shift And what changed World view like a fish bowl so big you can t see it Paradigm shifts Animistic Polytheistic Monotheisticor feudal Modernity Industrialized societies steam engine locomotive computers Modernity a term that characterizes industrialized societies including the decline of tradition an increase in individualism and a belief in progress technology and science Technology can solve all problems Modernity used to describe the shift away from agrarian monarchical and traditionbased society with fixed social roles and classes Arose in Europe as a response to the industrial revolution and protestant reformation in the seventeenth and eighteenth century With Modernity comes a strong promise to improve quality of life through technological innovation and scientific understanding Modernity Economic how goods are made and traded the evolution of industrialization toward a global consumer postindustrial economy Political how power is negotiated in society liberal democratic state Social how people are organized large hierarchical social structures based on class status Living in mostly urban suburban areas Culture what our knowledge is and how people make meaning individualism fragmentation of experience commodification and consumption and rationalization of all aspects of life


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