SOC205H1 Lecture Notes - The Sociological Imagination, Social Inequality, Substance Abuse

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21 Mar 2013
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2 in-class tests - 1 journal
TA: Toju Boyo: toju.boyo@utoronto.ca
Overview:
“urban”
The sociological imagination
History of the city
2 revolutions: Neolithic and industrial
Their consequences
Finding and reading journal articles
What is Sociology?
The study of social power distribution and inequality in institutions, and how they form
(education, religion etc.)
What is “Urban”?
Population and density
Generally positive
Why study “Urban soc”?
3% of the wold’s pop lived in urban areas in 1800s gone to 70% in 2050
The story of civilization is the story of the city and
They history of the city is the history of inequality
Top 10 most population 2008
The sociological imagination** develop this into your assignment
C. Wright Mills in 1950s
A way of thinking; a mindset
Where history and biography meet
If something is happening to a large number of people, it is not their doing; but if only
one people, it is your fault
o When a number of people is unemployed VS only u are unemployed
Private troubles make public issues
o Drug abuse: who are the people sell them? Who are the stakeholders?
o Homelessness: who put that idea in your head
o Plagiarism: lazy, immoral person what’s going on if plagiarism increases?
More competitive jobs, education
What is happening to the individual, to you, has to do with history, politics, economics
and social structure
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The study of social power distribution and inequality in institutions, and how they form (education, religion etc. ) 3% of the wold"s pop lived in urban areas in 1800s gone to 70% in 2050. The story of civilization is the story of the city and. They history of the city is the history of inequality. The sociological imagination** develop this into your assignment. If something is happening to a large number of people, it is not their doing; but if only one people, it is your fault: when a number of people is unemployed vs only u are unemployed. What is happening to the individual, to you, has to do with history, politics, economics and social structure. Slowly, people started to settle in one area (no longer nomadic) Learned to grow own food, raise own animals: food surplus (for first time) More time for some to do other things, event. Led to tool making, pottery, weaving (4th mill)

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