Sociology day 1

Sociology day 1 - Sociology What is it? Sociology is the...

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Sociology What is it? Sociology is the disciplined examination of social order and the relationship between the individual and society Order, patterns, structures (of interactions and relationships) Micro and Macro Sociology Examples: Circumcision Suicide Micro Sociology Study of small groups and face to face interactions among humans Macro Sociology Study of large groups or whole societies Basic Questions of Sociology What is the order (structure) of social life and social interaction? How is that order maintained and changed? What is the relationship between the individual and society? Barriers to doing Sociology The appeal of psychological explanations ----Difficult to see patterns that transcend the individual Difficulty of studying ourselves ----need to see the strange in the familiar The Appeal of Common Sense ----What we know is self evident The Imperative of political correctness ----Politicization of the discipline Resistance to scientific study of humans
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