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Basic Ideas of Sociology SYG 3002  U01 Prof. A. Douglas Kincaid August 24, 2011
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Today’s Outline n Course updates n Discussion of reading n New York Times exercise n Assignment for 8/26/11
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Course update n Website Ø Access Ø E-mail n Weekly information n Quiz 1 Ø Must be taken between 5 pm Friday and noon on Wednesday
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Sociology as a discipline n What is sociology all about? Ø Contrast with psychology Ø Psychological perspective : human attitudes and behavior result from the characteristics of the individual Ø Sociological perspective : attitudes and behavior derived from social interactions and social contexts n Principal concerns of sociology Ø Society Ø Social organization Ø Institutions Ø Social interactions Ø Social problems
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Sociology as a science n Sharing the basic characteristics of sciences: n Careful, disciplined pursuit of knowledge n Empirical proof required for the acceptance of ideas n Community of scholars who pursue knowledge and serve to validate each other’s work
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