What is Deviance
Deviance is the violation of social norms that is usually accompanied by a stigma, a
negative label that devalues a person and changes his or her self-concept and social
Perceptions of deviance vary across and
What is a Family?
Family-an intimate group consisting of two or more people who:
live together in a committed relationship
care for one another and any children
share close emotional ties and functions
Worldwide, families are alike i
How Education in the United States Has Changed
Education-a social institution that transmits attitudes, knowledge, beliefs, values, norms,
and skills to its members through formal, systematic training.
Schooling, a narrower term, refers
Female-male Similarities and Differences
Sex refers to biological characteristics apparent at birth and include chromosomes,
anatomy, hormones, and other physical and physiological attributes.
Gender refers to learned attitudes and beha
What is Sociology
Sociology-the systematic study of social interaction-processes by which we act toward
and react to people around us-at a variety of levels.
Sociologists use scientific research to discover patterns and create theories
Social interaction-the process by which we act toward and react to people around us.
Our interaction is part of the social structure, an organized pattern of behavior that
governs peoples relationships.
Every society h
Collective behavior-a major source of social change, is the spontaneous and unstructured
behavior of a large number of people.
According to an influential sociological theory, six macro-level conditions can encourage
The Social Significance of Work
Economy-a social institution that determines how a society produces, distributes, and
consumes goods and services.
Work-physical or mental activity that accomplishes or produces something, either goods
Social group-two or more people who interact with one another and who share a common
identity and a sense of belonging
ex. (such as friends or work groups).
Primary group-a relatively small group of people who engage in i
Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Gray
Office: 203 Moore Hall
Office Hours: T 4-5, TR 10-11,W 1-4
Course Description: This course will introduce you to the field of sociology. We will
analyze modern society usi