Soc 3AC Notes - Class 2 Wednesday, August 29, 2007 What is...

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Class 2 Wednesday, August 29, 2007 What is Sociology? Major Themes of the Discipline Definition – Systematic study of exp of human beings in society and institutions as individs and in groups Key Assumptions -Society is humanly constructed; humans are inherently interdependent (dependent on others); change is a constant. We make the world with passion, fear, desire, will. We have some constraints (our body). We have limitations; biological forces to propel us to act certain ways (sex). These forces have conseq on how humans shape society -Does the fact that women bear children cause the disadvantageous place in the workplace? It is ALLOWED a disadvantage. WE construct society. -We are dependent on others- neighbor, family, boss -Maybe no progress, but we have change. Can be beneficial, damaging, neutral, small, dramatic. Constantly in motion. Levels of Analysis: Micro vs. Macro. Micro = you, individuals in a group. Macro = groups (family), institution (school, church, religion, culture, media, science, econ, pol system). System/structure of society Five Themes in Field Order, Power, Change, Difference, Equality Class 5 Friday, September 07, 2007 Office hours – Daniel – Monday 9-10, 488 Barrows (Individ); 10-11 420 Barrows (group) Class 6 Monday, September 10, 2007 Race is learned, relational, imposed; they’re properties of society that you live in. Race affects personal identities, but race also affects our life chances in complex ways. Paper – look at the effects of society on how it shapes individs Class 7 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 The Project of Sociology Contributions of Sociological Knowledge C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination locates a person, a group, an institution, a people and their experience in social space and historical time. Achieve a better understanding of the reasons for human action, its meanings, implications, and the possibilities for change or alternatives. Empirical Observation Human beliefs often conflict with empirical reality. Beliefs may be partially accurate or distort realities. Beliefs may be self-interested, strategic, and protective, or reflect limited or inadequate knowledge. Sociology, like other modes of rational inquiry into human experience, seeks to gather complete and accurate
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Soc 3AC Notes - Class 2 Wednesday, August 29, 2007 What is...

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