SOC101 Lecture : Sociology Notes.docx

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Sociology: the systematic study of human groups and their interactions. Sociological perspective: a view of society based on the dynamic relationships between individuals and the larger social network in which we all live. Suggests that people who do not, or cannot, recognize the social origins and character of their problems may be unable to respond to these problems effectively. Personal troubles: personal challenges that require individual solutions. Social issues: challenges caused by larger social factors that require collective solutions. Mills" term for the ability to perceive how dynamic social forces influence individual lives. Defines sociological perspective as the ability to view the world from two distinct yet complementary perspectives: seeing general in the particular and seeing the strange in the familiar. According to berger, seeing the general in the particular is the ability to look at seemingly unique events or circumstances and then recognize the larger (or general) features involved.

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