What is Sociology?


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by Roth Natalie - Friday, 1 September 2017, 12:33 PM

1. Sociology is the study of society

2. It is different because it studies the patterns of human behavior not just the individual choice 

3. Instead of seeing just what someone does, you see how their surroundings like class and neighborhood have an effect n what they do and like

4. Help people to understand why they make some of the choices they make and like the things they understand 

5. People began to study society to figure out how it works so they could find solutions to the social problems 

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by Roth Natalie - Wednesday, 6 September 2017, 12:24 PM

1. Scientific study of society and human behavior 

2. It's different because it's looks for all kinds of patterns in all places and on all scales, the scope is bigger

3. Seeing the general in the particular which means how what you particularly did fits in the general pattern and seeing the strange in the familiar to approach the everyday world as if you were seeing it for the first time (picking apart what seems normal) 

4. Social location- what options are available to you based on where you are socially, marginalized- social groups outside the centers of power, treats differently based on how much acess to power you have, studies types of power and how that creates inequalities, Socially helps us to understand our society so we know how we can fix the problems, good sociology creates good public policy 

5. Early sociologists were driven to scientifically understand the changes in society, when we see societal change, we want to scientifically understand it so we can predict patterns and create public policies to protect from inequalities