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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCB43H3
Professor
Dan Silver
Semester
Winter

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SOCB43 – Lec 2 Topics: -Sociology Science of Human Action -Theory of Action -Natural vs Social Science -Ideal Types -Power -Authority -Stratification -sociology -logic of society -actions in the relationships between humans (social action) -motives -studies structure -Weber -reasons to attend certain groups & motives -theory of action -theory of actions & motivations -used to understand meanings -4 types of actions -purposeful rationality (goal oriented) -decides based on costs & benefits; possible scenarios -value-oriented (rationality) -intelligible -value-committed (less concerned of consequences -affective -emotional-driven action -less reflective & rational -traditional -based on habits/traditions -reasons for classification -systematic distinctions  structured -historical development  chain-reactions -natural vs social science -positivists (nomothetic) -science defined by general laws -Comte -historicists (idiographic) -social science ≠ natural science -no generalization -human interaction is unique -Weber combined both views -needed testable grounds (positivists) -subjective motivations (historicists) -Verstehen (Interpretative)
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