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Chapter #1 Groups and Relationships: A Sociological Sampler I. What is Sociology? 1) Definition : “The scientific study of the patterns and processes of human social relations” 2) Comparing/Contrasting Sociology with other social sciences 3) Micro vs. Macro-Sociology
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II. Sociology as a social science 1) What is a theory? (Testability/Falsifiability) 2) What is causation? a)Time-ordering b)Correlation c)Nonspuriousness 3) What is Research? 4) Measurement _ a)Measurement Error/Bias b)Studying self-aware subjects c)Validation research, unobtrusive measures, etc. 5) Units of analysis 6) The social scientific process a)Wonder b) Conceptualize
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c)Theorize d)Operationalize e) Hypothesize f) Observe g)Analyze + Interpret h)Assess
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III. The Discovery of Social Facts and the Historical Emergence of Sociology 1) Moral Statistics : The work of Andre Guerry, Adolph Quetelet, Henry Morselli, and others 2) Some important early discoveries a)Stability b)Variation c)Upward trends 3) Emile Durkheim’s Study of Suicide Rates 4) The Sociological Imagination (C. Wright Mills)
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Chapter #2: Concepts for Soclal and Cultural Theories I. What is a Society? a. Definition : any relatively self- contained and self-sufficient group of people who are united by social relationships II. Social Structure a. Definition : Characteristics of a group rather than an individual b. Examples of Social Structure i. Sex-ratios
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