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Lecture 1-3_Intro-Parsons

Lecture 1-3_Intro-Parsons - Sociology 169 Modern...

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Sociology 169: Modern Sociological Theory Dr. Seth Abrutyn
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Course Logistics Me: 1218 Watkins Hall (12-1 MWF, or by appt) [email protected] Required Readings Course Reader (Bookstore) I-Learn (Under Course Materials) Grading
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What is (sociological) theory? Everyone is a theorist: How does one get a date with someone? Elements of a Theory: Abstract Concepts Relationship Between Concepts What is sociological theory? Descriptions, Explanations, or Critiques of: Social Behavior Social Organization Social Change Hypotheses and Empirical Testing
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Distinctions in Sociological Theory What is contemporary or modern? Level of Analysis Causation Primary Forces Materialism versus Idealism/Cultural Soc. Multi-causal Methodology Deductive versus Inductive Positivism versus Normativism
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The Big Questions The Problem of Human Nature Action What factors into decision-making?
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