Principles of sociology Study outline for exam one Fall 2007

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Principles of sociology Study outline for exam one Fall 2007 What does it mean to possess a sociological imagination? Why is it important to differentiate between personal troubles and public issues? Why is it important to recognize the interplay between history and biography? According to Mill’s, to possess a sociological imagination, you must be able to recognize the interplay between history and biography. You need to be able to distinguish between personal troubles and public issues. The sociological imagination encourages people to ask why? It is important to understand the difference between personal troubles and public issues because it allows us to see the truth, and help keeps things in order or change them. It is important to recognize the interplay between history and biography, because it allows us to better play our cards. What are the benefits of thinking sociologically? What are some factors that contributed to the rise of sociology as a formal field of study? What is scientific sociology? Can you think of any limitations of scientific sociology? What does it mean to say that sociology has a logical and empirical basis? What is an empirical question? How do empirical questions differ from aesthetic, moral, and interpretative questions? Why is systematic research the best way to create valid and reliable knowledge about the social world? The sociological perspective helps us to critically assess the truth of “common sense” (are these beliefs really true and if now why do some many people accept them as fact?), see the opportunities and constraints in our life (cards metaphor: sociological thinking allows us to be better players so we can pursue our goals more efficiently), empowers us to be active participants in our society (the more aware we are pf how society operates the more active we can be in keeping it the same or changing it), and sociological perspective helps us live in a diverse world (encourages us to think critically about the strength and weaknesses of our society and the societies of others). The scientific revolution and industrialization sparked a rise in sociology. Industrialization moved large masses of people into the cities, where they had to live and work together. Auguste Comte- coined the term sociology, studied social facts, social statics, and social dynamics. Emile Durkheim- father of sociology. Responsible for developing sociological research methods to systematically test hypotheses (suicide experiment). Scientific sociology is a systematic way to test a hypothesis. Some limitations of scientific sociology are validity issues, do we know what we think we know and reliability issues, and is what we know consistent across space and time. To say that sociology has logic and empirical basis means that it is based on
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course COM com 101 taught by Professor Ferzli during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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