soc1-2 - CHAPTER ONE What is sociology? The study of group...

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CHAPTER ONE
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What is sociology? The study of group behavior The study of trends The study of what is, rather than what ought to be.
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CHARACTERISTICS OF  SOCIOLOGY 1. sociology is a science scientific criteria is used to make determinations Researchers do not become personally involved Results are empirical
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2. sociological research must be systematic and replicable and unbiased 3. sociology is concerned with the larger society rather than the individual
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Origins of Sociology Abdel Rahman Ibn-Khaldun 1332-1406 first recorded study of impact of social forces on civilization’s advancement August Comte 1789-1857 Dynamics of social change Opposing forces social statics: keeping the status quo social dynamics: forcing change
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August Comte Social Dynamics Two opposing forces Social statics: maintaining the status quo Social dynamics: change Father of sociology Coined the term sociology Showed that behavior could be studied using scientific protocol
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EMILE DURKHEIM Social solidarity Social forces that bind people together
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2010 for the course BIOL 211 taught by Professor Paxton during the Fall '10 term at Salem College.

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soc1-2 - CHAPTER ONE What is sociology? The study of group...

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