SOC307H5 Lecture : Class Notes

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sociologist and criminologist want to understand both the social and natural world. within sociology there is a scientific way to understand the world. criminology is the scientific approach to the study of crime and deviance. criminology is based on different forms of human behaviours. there are both good and bad types of human behaviours. methodic investigation: you follow a method when conducting science. a number of procedures are followed in order to carry out the investigation. you go from point a to point b to point c. rule- bound: certain rules must be followed : data collection, hypotheses testing, formulating theory, ect. (these all have rule-bounds that need to be followed). the method which is followed, makes something scientific in nature. Other ways to approach phenomena"s: religious approach ( pre-scientific/unscientific) humans have tried to use religion as a way to explain everything.

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