1. Outline and discuss the importance of the concept of rationality in
* Weber focused his studies on understanding why modern Western societies
became the way they did
* his greatest principle of rationalization was the key to understanding
October 27th, 2015
Pageant Princesses and Math Whizzes: Understanding Childrens Activit
Overview and Purpose:
Levey aims to demonstrate the motives behind parents who enroll their children in
extracurricular activities and demonstrates how these organized
The rules taken
as a whole that have received sanction and that determine
what these relations should be, form what is called civic morals.
." But the family, at least in many countries,
is no less bound to the soil
the patrimony of
landed estate was some
SY203- Lesson 11
Major Themes of Modern Social Life
Anomie and Alienation
Alienation is a term which derives from the conflict perspective and is a term used by Marx,
whereas the term anomie is derived from the consensus perspective and is used by Durkhei
SY203 Lesson 5
The major thrust of Durkheim's argument was that individuals take their own lives not
because of what troubles them or the degree of their personal distress or misfortune.
Rather, Durkheim's thesis is that people take their own lives
SY203 Lesson 1
Changing social conditions that influenced the development of modern sociology took
place in political and economic, and social forms
o Political changes after the revolution in France in the 18th century
New system of politic
SY203 Chapter Notes
o Karl Polanyi
o Massive social change which took place in Europe between 1750 and 1920
French Revolution 1789
o Asserting the reality of individual rights and freedoms, the revolution shook
Question 5: What are status group and political group, how do they relate to classes, and
influence society ?
Status groups according to Weber the second form of social adjustment, are when social groups
were formed, during the late modern period. He make
1.The development of sociological theory emerged due to drastically changing social conditions
in both the 18th and 19th century Europe, which Karl Polyani called The Great Transformation.
The political changes occurring in France after the revolution of
1. What is materialism? What is a materialist theory of history?
o Able to show that the very first acts of all societies was always economic because
human beings had to satisfy their everyday material needs before anything else
. What are the pattern variables as discussed by Parsons. How do they help the
development of sociological theory?
When pattern variables Talcott Parsons introduced a concept called action frame of reference.
This concept consists of 3 central characteris
SY 203 Essay
Emile Durkheims Professional Ethics and Civic Morals
March 19, 2012
Emile Durkheims work Professional Ethics and Civic Morals outlines his views on
morality as a whole and later delves into the topic of civic morals
DEFINITION OF THE STATE
WE have Studied in succession the moral and juridical
rules that apply to the relation of the individual to
himself, to the family group and to the professional
group. We now have to set about examining the individual
Chapter 1 - The Course of French Revolution: Feb. 1848
to Dec. 1851
People: Hegel, Robespierre, Louis
Blanc, Blanqui, Danton, Guizot.
Terms: Bourgeoisie, Proletariat.
Questions for discussion:
1. What were the three periods Marx identifies in this period
SY203 Test Review #2
- 1898 Paris encountered the Dreyfus affair (scandal in the French army blown up into a
political cause between the contending factions in France)
- Dreyfus, a Jewish captain, had been the victim of an effort to cove