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Unformatted text preview: Prof. Backman, Office Haley 7030D, M 12-1, T 12:30-1:30, W 10-10:50 www.auburn.edu/~backmcb/socy100 backmcb@auburn.edu , 844 - 2826 Book: Sociology by Stark, 10 th Edition 6 Exams---Cumulative Sociology - 1.09.08 What is Sociology? The science of human social behavior o Social behavior is behavior that occurs in interaction with, or with respect to, other people Human Behavior can be considered in terms of four systems: Biological/Physical Personality/Psychological Social Cultural The Origins of sciences can be divided into two types: Understanding Application Basic vs. Applied Basic Science - Scientific work intended to help us understand the world Applied Science - Scientific work intended to help us accomplish specific objectives Science vs. Ethics or Is vs. Ought Science is concerned with how the world actually operates Ethics is concerned with how the world ought to operate Systems of action and Social science disciplines CHART System > Basic > Applied o Biological > Biology > Medicine o Personality > Psychology > Psychiatry o Social > Sociology > Economics/Political Science o Cultural > Anthropology > Philology/Linguistics Economics and Political Science Economics : The Science that studies the distribution of the scarce resources. o Economics only seems to be the study of money because money is this fabulous human invention that is now so pre-eminent in how we distribute resources. Political Science : The science that studies the distribution and use of power. o Of course were talking about social power, not electricity. Political scientists are not as interested in person-to-person power as in larger scale power, particularly governments. Subfields Within Anthropology Physical anthropology : Study of the structure and evolution of the human body Linguistics : Study of language and language groups Cultural anthropology (a.k.a. Social anthropology): Study of human societies and social organization. Anthropologists look into smaller societies within a bigger focus, will study many societies. Sociologists focus on single group (N=1) Archeology (Archaeology): Study of human societies on the basis of the physical residues the leave behind Branches of Psychology: Psychology (The Science of The Mind) Biopsychology - Biological processes affecting the mind Learning/Cognition - Learning and Thinking Personality and Social Psychology - Effects of society on the individual; group process Developmental Psychology - Psychological changes throughout the life span Clinical Psychology - Mental illness and its treatment READ CHP 1, 2, 3, 15 and get Themata Lecture Notes...
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