Social Science 1A: Principles
Study Guide Final Exam
The final exam will cover Chapters
5, 6, 18, 22, 23, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 42, 54 of the text,
lecture material and handouts.
This exam is scheduled for Monday June 8, 2009 at 10:30am.
What is the definition of the science of sociology?
The scientific study of society, social groups, and social behavior.
What is the basic premise of sociology?
That behavior is determined by the groups to which people belong and by the societies in which
they live. (in other words) we behave the way we do because we belong to particular groups in a
particular society at a particular point in space and time.
The development of sociological research and theory takes place in countries that have what kind
Democratic political regimes
In what two countries is this changing?
USSR and in China
What is the difference between micro-sociology and macro-sociology?
Micro-sociology- focuses on every patterns of behavior, face to face interactions and the like. Here
sociologists examine workers on an assembly line, men and women in a singles bar, or college
students who join a cult.
Macro-sociology, focuses on relationships between and among groups and the overall social
arrangements in society. Here they study how subsistence technology is related to the stratification
system or the long term effects of industrialization on a society.
What percentage of the data in sociology is collected by interviews and questionnaires?
One of the classic books of sociology is Mills’
How does this book
present the field of sociology?
As important, he has a famous quote that says “we will not be able to understand ourselves or the
world, without understanding the groups to which we belong and the society in which we live.
What was the famous legal case of
Brown vs. Board of Education
Linda brown was forced
to travel 20 blocks to an all black school rather than attend an all white school in her
How did sociologists contribute to this case?
By using the research and testimony of sociologists
the court ruled that it was unconstitutional to make Linda go to an all black school because of
“harmful effects on the potential educational achievements of African American children.
Who were Jane Addams and W.E.B. DuBois?
What did they accomplish? (See Box 5.3)
Jane Addams founded Hull House which provided community services for immigrant families, in
Chicago she also helped the poor, sick, and aged and discussed women suffrage. WEB DuBois