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Unformatted text preview: Ginger Lowery Sociology Notes from August 22, 2007 Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior and social phenomena. There is a scientific aspect to sociology. I t is scientific because it is the study of people and how they interact. For something to be scientific, it has to be empirical. Empirical knowledge is based on fact, and the fact comes from experience. Through the scientific study of society observers are looking for patterns and aspects. The problem with this is that science can’t tell us how the world should be. Perspectives are culturally variable. Science is about description- what the world is. Science can’t be predescriptive because moral values vary. Example: broccoli DuvkLeim is the founding father of sociology. He popularized the use of the term. He was also first to hold a departmental job. He also made the case that sociology is not just psychology or philosophy . He studied three departments....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course SY 109 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '07 term at S. Alabama.
- Fall '07