Sociology SG 1 - Sociology Study Guide #1...

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Sociology Study Guide #1 Syllabus/Introduction Four Objectives 1. To help you understand your society – society as it is and as it might be (you need to understand society to either maintain or change it) 2. To help you understand the social world on our planet – the world as it is and as it might be 3. To help you understand yourself better (you are a member of both society and of the planet. You should understand how and why you behave and believe the way you do) 4. To prepare you for other courses in the social sciences Results/class responses to the clicker questions Chapter 1. Sociology: Perspectives, Theory and Method Purpose of the vignette at the beginning of the chapter as well as at the beginning of every other chapter The four perspectives on human behavior (i.e., biological, psychological…) Biological Psychological Social Cultural o Each level is affected by the one below and above it The sociological imagination The ability to see the relationship between individual and the larger society or personal problems are transformed into public issues . Three major theoretical approaches Functionalist : a society is viewed as a stable, orderly system Conflict : groups in society are engaged in a small continuous power struggle for control of scarce resources Symbolic interactionist : focuses on the specific interaction amongst people Ways of knowing Belief/Faith Expert/Authority Tradition ESP Science Is there a difference between scientific truth and ultimate truth? Scientific truth is something that is based on information that we can verify with our senses compared to ultimate truth that is something that cannot be explained (belief, tradition, etc…) Last two assumptions of science All perceptions are achieved through senses
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People can trust their perceptions, memory, and reasoning (as reliable agencies for acquiring facts). Cause and effect A relationship in which change in on e variable (the independent variable) causes change in another (the dependent variable). Spurious correlation Meaningless connection… # of Firefighters More Damage # of Storks High Birth Rate Ice Cream Higher Rape Rate Shoe size Ability to solve math problems # of Churches Higher # of Bars Chapter 2. Culture Culture and its elements
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