Day 2 - Today What is sociology Sociology vs Psychology Re sociological imagination Next Wednesday Our conceptual toolkit Take first quiz Social

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Today: What is sociology? Sociology vs. Psychology Re “sociological imagination” Next Wednesday: Our conceptual “toolkit” Take first quiz Social Psychology: Sociological Perspectives Chapter 1: Introduction to Sociological Social Psychology Defining Social Psychology Social psychology as an overlapping area or bridge between psychology and sociology Look at slides for the photo Different subjects o Psychology is the study of human thought processes (look inside) Tries to examine human behavior by examining everything inside of the human body Brain functioning Perception Developing processes When trying to explain why people do what they do, psychologists often look at things that are inside of us like thought and personality and genes and cognition It depends on the individual. . o Sociology is the study of society (look outside) Macro (“large”) sociology Studies of global systems, institutions Micro (“small”) sociology Studies of small groups, relationships o Relationships o Friendships o Dating o Marriage o Work groups o Juries o Classrooms o Family Different levels of analysis: o Psychology Individual or internal factors and processes
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Example: cognitive thought processes, personality o Sociology Extra-individual or external factors and processes Example: norms, institutions, markets o Social psychology is a mix or “mashup” or these two disciplines and levels of analysis Example 1: The Economy o External factors – stuff that is going on that we have no control over but influences how we act, what we do, how we talk Global credit squeeze – credit levels are being reduced – this influences our behavior, when we purchase things we think about credit for deciding which card to put it on Housing bubble collapse – some people are looking to buy or sell homes and they are not doing that now Rising unemployment Layoffs at major corporations o Internal processes Fear of losing job, health insurance – right now a lot of people are
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Day 2 - Today What is sociology Sociology vs Psychology Re sociological imagination Next Wednesday Our conceptual toolkit Take first quiz Social

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