Introduction to Sociology Notes

Introduction to Sociology Notes - Introduction to Sociology...

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Introduction to Sociology Notes What is sociology? A discipline : one of many professional fields of academic research and training A perspective : a particular approach to analyzing human behavior and interaction A set of inter-related ideas : serving as the basis for a sociological explanation of behavior and interaction What is sociology all about? Contrast with psychology Psychological perspective : human attitudes and behavior result from the characteristics of the individual Sociological perspective : attitudes and behavior derived from social interactions and social contexts Principal concerns of sociology Society Social organization Institutions Social interactions Social problems Sociology as a Science Sharing the basic characteristics of sciences: Careful, disciplined pursuit of knowledge Empirical proof required for the acceptance of ideas Community of scholars who pursue knowledge and serve to validate each
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