ISLectures - IInttrroducttorry Sociiollogy llectturres n...

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Introductory Sociology lectures Introductory Sociology lectures Course Intro: 1/16—Sociology as a discipline What causes human behavior? Who killed Susan Smith’s kids? Frameworks for explaining human behavior provide answers. Frames of Blame Labels for what we do (not) like “causes” of behavior frame Institution normalcy / oddness conformity / deviance group activities sociological ??? goodness / badness law abidence / crime personal choices individual criminal justice labor market virtue / sin piety / profanity supernatural forces religious religion health / sickness sanity / insanity natural or biological forces medical medicine success / failure excellence / stupidity personal talents academic education Sociologists can believe in the validity of all frames in our daily lives, but we discipline ourselves to focus on the sociological as we do our work. Most people, most of the time, employ the individual frame, which makes sociology counterintuitive. Sociology studies group activity with special attention to the struggles for resources . Video: Conflict and solidarity Solidarity (pride in group membership) is an important resource, the pride that people feel in their group memberships. We generate much solidarity both by waging conflict with out-groups and by affirming our dependence upon well- defined in-groups. As an application of this view of frames of blame and solidarity, ask yourself what distinguishes a good young man from a bad one. o Beating the homeless Finally, sociology studies these group activities with a scientific approach, involving systematic, explicit, and repeatable methods of collecting and
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analyzing data. The point is to create reliable knowledge of complex group activities. Unfortunately, sociologists have yet to develop technologies for the rapid collection of new forms of data, and so have yet to develop into the rapid- discovery mode of the physical sciences. This course This course consists of readings available online and in a bound text (or in the reserve and electronic collections of the library), in-class discussions of those readings, four open-book exams during class times, and the occasional opportunity to earn the remaining points (and perhaps extra credit) with homework. Students are likely to do best who study the readings and attend to the relationships drawn between them during class discussion. The exams will test your ability to apply the theories discussed in class to new problems. The exams will not test your memory for details but your understanding of theories. My job is to make available and as attractive as possible the ideas that you must learn, and to be ready to help you understand them at most times during the week. Whether you learn the ideas or receive the help is up to you. I curve grades in order to adjust for variations in the effectiveness of lectures
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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