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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 1000U
Professor
Timothy Macneill
Semester
Winter

Description
st Jan 31 C ULTURE ­ Set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group ­ Is primarily based on language – the set of symbols that humans use to communicate and order their understanding of  the world ­ Culture in not monolithic, nor is it stagnant, nor does it have definite borders ­ In saying this, we may but bounds or boundaries to better define a culture ex. Canadian culture is politeness, hockey  and maybe free healthcare) ­ Looking at hockey teams and the surrounding culture ­ The Maya and the ajha D O NOT /CAN ­NOT  K NOW ­ We do not know if our language and culture hide from view everything that is not described by them ­ We think in words, meaning we think in concepts, but can only think within the concepts that we already understand we  do not know if everything that is outside of our view is just a small residual amount of information, or enormous. ­ We don’t know if we are limited by our culture and language, if we actually understand the universe and the world with  the language that we know. ­ We do not know if out language and culture simply describe a world that already exists or of they create that world  Your thoughts controlling and creating the world you believe in and the world you see ­ We do know that our language and culture both describe and create our social world S EMIOTICS ­ Started by Ferdinand de Saussure ­ The study of signs and culture relative to language ­ Whether we believe that there is a material world, humans use signs to create meaning ­ Sign = Signified + Signifier ­ The signified is a concept that may or may not relate to something in the natural
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