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Unformatted text preview: Week 1 Supplemental Lecture View Sociology 1 Lecture 1 The Sociological Perspective Hi and welcome to Sociology 1! Your assigned readings for this lecture session are: Macionis "Society: The Basics" Text Chapter1 Sociology: Perspective, Theory and Method Ferguson "Mapping" Reader Chapter 1 "The Promise" This reading, "The Promise" is the first in the "Mapping the Social Landscape" reader. It is a very interesting and thought provoking reading, but is also very difficult for some students because it is a "theoretical" reading. This is one of the few theoretical pieces we'll read in the class and for some people, this is problematic. It was also written in the 1950s, thus the sexist language. Do the best you can with it. Mills, the author, has some very important things to say! And we will return to what he has to say many times during this course. If necessary, read it through a couple of times. Also, there is a very brief section in your Macionis text Chapter 1 on "The Sociological Imagination." Remember to take notes on all your readings from the text and reader! OK, so let's carry on... PART I: WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY? In 1838, French academic Auguste Comte coined the term Sociology . The term, Anglicized for us, is from the French word " sociologie " and is made up of two parts - the stem of the word is Latin " socius " or "companion" and the suffix "-ology" which means "the study of, discourse or theory" comes from Greek, " logie ." Comte was one of the 19th Century’s most influential thinkers and the founder of the field of Sociology. He actually wanted to call the field “social physics” but discovered that that term had already been used by French statistician Adolphe Quetelet in 1835. In 1876, Herbert Spencer adopted the term in his book Principles of Sociology. Sociology is considered the “queen of the social sciences armada.” That is, it is a broad, interesting and thorough study of societies, people and interactions. A definition of Sociology I use for this course is... "The systematic or scientific study of human social life and phenomenon, how people's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people, the social forces that shape us and especially our level of awareness or lack of awareness of how we create, maintain and / or alter those social forces." (Note that this is a little more detailed definition than your textbook's.) Sociology helps us to see the more general patterns at work in the particular behavior of individuals....
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This note was uploaded on 10/08/2010 for the course SOCI 1 taught by Professor Gibbs during the Fall '09 term at Foothill College.
- Fall '09