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Soc – January 21, 2010 I. What is Sociology? a. Definition i. Micro and Macro 1. Micro--------------Macro 2. Micro-sociologists study patterns of behavior that occur in the context of small groups (ex: husbands and wives or parents and children or doctors and patients) a. Fly on the wall—sit and observe 3. Macro-sociologists looks at not large scale patterns of behavior, but the institutional structures such as laws and policies that could cause different patterns of behavior (Americans do this and Koreans do that) a. Compare with the view you have from an airplane— everything is so small and you are above and can see everything ii. A social science that shares similarities with anthropology, economics, and history. A much broader discipline than other social sciences. iii. The definition: The scientific study of patterns of human behavior that take place within the context of groups, institutions, and entire societies. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2011 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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