Soci 101 Notes 8.31

Soci 101 Notes 8.31 - Soci 101 Notes 8/31 What is sociology...

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Soci 101 Notes – 8/31 What is sociology? Sociology is the study of human patterns - such as why things occur when there is no topical explanation. Also, the patterns of different demographics/races, and why they feel uncomfortable breaking the "accepted" ideas of any group they feel they belong to. - Human Interaction -interpersonal psychology - Study of social institutions, society - More perspective than individual - People are not just individuals -belong to groups above self Different groups under study: 1. Races 2. Indigenous 3. Geological location (context of group: parents vs friends = different behavior) 4. Age groups 5. Economic Classes 6. Religious Affiliation 7. Family situation 8. Sex/Sexuality How do we know what we know? Common sense General observations Read about/told (by authority) Upbringing Trial and error Imitation Disadvantages: prone to bias and error Scientific method 1. Select a topic 2. Define a problem 3. Review literature 4. Hypothesis
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5. Choose research method - ask question first, develop method based on above
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2010 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Shanahan during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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Soci 101 Notes 8.31 - Soci 101 Notes 8/31 What is sociology...

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