SOC101- Last Lecture/Review
Sociology: studying the “social”; has enabling and constraining impacts on individuals and how
individuals impact society through social movements.
Sociological perspectives: functionalism (role, function, purpose); conflict (inequality, power,
who benefits); interpretive (meaning, construction of meaning); feminist (interrogating
Sociological imagination: a sociological vision; way of looking at the world that allows links
between the apparently private problems of the individual and important social issues.
•Compass: helping to show places and ideas you might not have known about; “did you
•Lenses: helping to look at things you may already have been familiar with but from
multiple, various and new perspectives; “had you looked at it this way?”
•Snowflake: not anti-individual but shows uniqueness of individuals as enabled and
constrained by “the social”; “we are unique!”
- ability to view our own society as an outsider rather than only from perspective of personal
experiences and cultural biases
- involves critical thinking and questioning what otherwise may simply be taken for granted
- empowering tool; allows us to look beyond a limited understanding of human behaviour