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Sociology and Anthropology
SOAN 2111
Linda Hunter

September 10, 2012 Monday and Friday 1:15-2:15, 617 MCKN – office hours Theoretical Approaches and Frameworks Introduction Theorectical concepts have a role in - shaping the direction of research - directing observation - guiding description If theory is to be understood, we have to understand it’s nature: development, etc. We’ll examine the successes and failures of theories. The study of society on a high level of abstraction = SOCIOLOGY Human beings in interdependence with one another = SOCIOLOGY Interested in how we develop our culture and destroy culture = SOCIOLOGY Patterns of behaviour, not individual behaviour = SOCIOLOGY Philosophy = developed in Ancient Greece – 18 century (1700s) – late 1700s, French Revolution – age of enlightenment, birth of sociology Sociologists study WHAT IS – state of gender, etc. Look at the human past as a sequence of unique events and processes. Sociologists are interested in recurring patterns. The Value of Theory: Contemporary Relevance of Old Theories - theories are explanations – models o the world in which people lived was ‘perfect’ – determine
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