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SSP1-3 - SSP1 Introduction to Sociology Ziad Munson Spring...

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SSP1: Introduction to Sociology Ziad Munson Spring 2007 [email protected]
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Review: Sociology Defined Sociology: the study of human behavior and beliefs in society. Sociological imagination: the ability to understand the relationship between individuals and their society. “All human behavior occurs in a societal context. That context– the institutions and culture that surround us– shapes what people do and think.” (p.2)
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Review: Sociological Theory Functionalism Looks at how each part of society contributes to the stability of the whole. Conflict Theory Looks at the role of coercion and power in society. Symbolic Interaction Looks at the way in which interactions between people constitute society. Other “lenses” include exchange theory, rational choice theory, feminist theory, post-modern theory
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Doing Sociological Research Sociological research is a tool sociologists use to answer questions.
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