SOCI-100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Auguste Comte, Gender Role, Social Forces
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identify key concepts/ideas
origins/history of sociology
develop critical thinking skills.
What is sociology?
Study of human groups & their interactions.
C. Wright Mills (Mills 1916-1962).
the ability to perceive how dynamic social forces influence individual lives.
Social context of personal & public events
Psycho perspective depression is fixed thru antidepressants.
Socio perspective social context is still there, although the individual can deal with it
people who are unwilling or unable to see the social world as it truly exists.
seeing the general in the particular
look at seemingly unique events (particular) & recognize larger (general)
Look beyond the obvious.
seeing the strange in the familiar.
These 2 are the cornerstone of the sociological perspective.
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INDIVIDUAL/SOCIETY: WHO YOU ARE AND WHY
Assumption that individuals have the ability to alter their socially constructed
lives. (free will, choice, freedom)
Network of relatively stable opportunities and constraints influencing
E.g. education, work.
WHO YOU ARE: KEY SOCIAL FACTORS
i. minority status
e.g. ethnic minority, physical or mental disability, gay, lesbian, trans-gendered.
role of patriarchy
men control/have greater access to resources.
iii. socio-economic status
Area of residence.
iv. family structure
higher income associated with two parent families
v. urban vs.rural
Healthcare, diversity (e.g. ethnic, religious, etc.)
Entertainment, cultural events
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