What is Sociology?


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by Belle Clark - Friday, 1 September 2017, 12:30 PM
1) Sociology is the study of society, how it is created, influences, changes, etc. and how we, as people, fit into the world. 

2) Sociology is different from other sciences because it is very analytical about the big things and the small things. 

3) a. ?

    b. Strange, but familiar 

4) It can help us as a society understand how we fit and why things happen, and maybe fix these things.

5) ?

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by Belle Clark - Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 12:24 PM

1) About myself and how I fit into the world & the study of human behavior 

2) it is a social science but also a systematic science ; investigate and solve basic problems in society ; looking for ALL kinds of patterns and places; looks at all aspects and scales of society ; BIGGER, BROADER scope 

3) a) seeing the general in the particular ~ how the decision you personally make fits into the bigger picture or putting that decision into context (the influence based on where you live, what class, etc) illustration: how a stone fits into a mosaic 

b) seeing the strange in the familiar ~ approach the everyday, modern world as if seeing it for the first time; question what is natural or second nature to you; pick it all apart and analyze the familiar 

4) helps to understand problems and key concepts; understand social location- affects your life and can limit your choices or provide opportunities; What others think about you; shows marginalized groups; types of powers and how they're distributed and why-- how that create inequalities; good sociology creates good public policy 

5) uphevial and conflict in Europe-- scientifically understand & explain changes in society because if this happens, it can be ultimately predict, and create better policies to protect the well-being of the people who live in the society