Unformatted text preview: SOC 1101: Introduction to Sociology Lecture 1: What is Sociology? Monday, August 30 What is Sociology?
"...[T]he study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports." The American Sociological Association What is Sociology?
Comte "Sociologie" Sociologie" socius = companion, associate + -logy = the study of Hierarchy of the sciences Sociology
Astronomy Comte's agenda for sociology Document and analyze social statics - Parts of society (e.g., families, businesses, governments) - How the parts f...
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