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Unformatted text preview: SYG 2000 x 9297 SYG 2000 x 9297 Principles of Sociology Principles of Sociology Instructor: Georgia Bianchi Instructor: Georgia Bianchi Email: gbianchi@ufl.edu Email: gbianchi@ufl.edu SYG2000 Georgia Bianchi What is sociology? SYG2000 Georgia Bianchi Some definitions of Sociology: (Sociology) is the science that attempts to understand social action and to explain its course and effect. The study of the individuals, groups and institutions and their relations that make up human society. Sociology is the scientific study of society and human behavior (Henslin, 1998). Embedded in this basic definition is the larger scale of sociological analysis. Within society itself there exist several aspects which are of particular interest to sociologists: social structure; social institutions; social class; social groups; and social interaction. Sociology as our text defines it: The study of human behavior in society. A scientific way to think about society and its influence on humans. Ch.1: The Sociological Perspective Understanding human behavior by placing it in a broader social context. C. Wright Mills referred to the sociological perspective as the intersection of biography (the individual) and history (social factors that influence the individual). AKA: Ones social location the group memberships that people have because of their location in history and biography. Social Location Occupation Income Education Gender Age Race Your social location establishes the limits and possibilities in life. What are some of the consequences of social location? How do these things come into play? Sociology = Empirical Sociology bases its conclusions on systematic observations, not assumptions or ideas Observations are gathered and recorded according to a rationale, and rigorously vetted for bias This distinguishes sociology from social commentary What can this approach do? Facts we learn through research can challenge familiar ways of thinking: Poverty among Asian American families is higher than among White American families....
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