SOCI1503 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Electric Light

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Lecture 6
The sociological approach goes beyond everyday common
sense.
Many people believe they understand the world and the
events taking place within it, often justifying their
understandings by calling it "Common sense." However,
they have not actually engaged in a systematic attempt
to understand the social world.
Is an attempt to understand the social world by situating
social events in their corresponding environment and
trying to understand social phenomena by collecting and
analyzing empirical data.
This scientific approach is what differentiates sociological
knowledge from common sense.
They] may have hopes or fears concerning what [they]
may find.
they] will try to see, regardless of [their] hopes or fears.
It is thus an act of pure perception...".
Thus, to obtain sociological knowledge, sociologists must
study their world methodically and systematically.
With induction, sociologists gather data on the ground
and formulate theories about what they find.
These theories are then tested by using the scientific
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