Intro to Sociology

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Intro to Sociology
September 15, 2011
Sociology is the scientific study of human social behaviour. Sociology offers a unique understanding of
our immediate surroundings and the world around us by looking at social location. (gender, age,
location, etc)
The Sociological Imagination: a way of looking at the world which links individual problems with
important social issues.
Society is a group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, shared
institutions, usually a common territory and/or national culture, and who feel they are a part of a
unified and distinct entity.
→ society aka “national community”
Natural Sciences: Social Sciences:
• biology • sociology
• geology • anthropology
• chemistry • political science
• physics • economics
• psychology
Sociology helps you see beyond the obvious:
being bound to “private” lives
explanations remain personal and within industrialized social circles
any understanding of personal history must take place into account both private life and
space.
Perspective:
seeing the broader social context
the Growing Global context: societies throughout the world are increasingly interconnected
through technology and economics
many problems that we face in Canada are more serious elsewhere
Importance of Global Perspective: thinking globally is a good way to learn more about
ourselves
Development of Sociology:
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