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Herbert Spencer – DO NOT guide social reform, social Darwinism: survival of the fittestKarl Marx – class conflict (bourgeoisie and proletariat) Emile Durkheim – social integration: social factors influence suicideMax Weber – religion is central factor in social change, protestant v catholic- The Beginnings of Sociology in the United States (1a)- Macro vs. Micro Analysis (1b)Macro - theory aimed at understanding the “big picture” of institutions, whole societies, and the interactions among societiesMicro - a theory aimed at understanding social life at the intimate level of individuals andtheir interactions- The Sociological Perspective – Peter Berger- The Sociological Imagination- Basic, Applied and Public Sociology
- An overview of structural - functional theory- What is Theory?theory is nothing more than a simple statement that seeks to explain a social phenomenontheory can be a research bias- AnomieSense of normlessness- Be able to understand and define the conflict theory(i.e. class struggle, haves and have-nots)- The concept of power under the conflict theory- Understand the basic definitions of symbolic-interactionism - Ethics in Sociological Research- Know an overview of the main methods for research used by sociologists- A Question of Socio-Biology or Feminism? (Discussions in Sociology on Blackboard - Theory)