SOCI lecture 1 :)
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September 9th, 2011
What is Sociology?
•The systematic study of human groups and their interactions.
•It’s an abstract concept
•A set of forces exerted by people over one another and themselves
•Sociology identifies, explains, and challenges those forces; trying to
intervene in our academic work
•Economy are large social forces
○Mortgage crisis in the US.
•C. Wright Mils (1959)
A way of thinking sociologically that connects dynamic
relationships between a large society to individuals’ lives
•Shifts perspectives from personal to social to see their
•Society changes all the time, its not static
•Gender nature of higher education – women get treated differently
•Sociology as Critical
○Thinking means thinking critically
Not taking truths for granted for the way things work
•Based on the value of social justice
○How does inequality be exposed and undermined?
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