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Published on 14 Jul 2011
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UTSG
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Sociology
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SOC102H1
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Sociology: systematic study of social behavior in human societies
Two Forces in work: groups and individual
Two approaches used to study the social world: Macrosociology and Microsociology
Macrosociology :studies large social organizations ( church, universities, etc.), large
social categories ( ethnic minorities, elderly, etc.)
Microsociology: focuses on typical interaction in small groups ( marriage, meeting,
clique, etc.)
Sociological imagination ( C. Wright Mills)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociological_imagination
Four Major Theories:
Functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, feminism.
Functionalism: Theory that many different parts of society have functions for society
Conflict Theory: power and inequality are main aspects of conflict theory, focusing
on the gap between haves and have-nots.
Symbolic Interactionism: studies the social meanings actors give to and take from
others social behavior and how we need to understand it.
Feminism: male dominance over women is embedded in institutions and culture,
treating gender as a central analytical lens to understand society
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Sociology: systematic study of social behavior in human societies. Two approaches used to study the social world: macrosociology and microsociology.  macrosociology :studies large social organizations ( church, universities, etc. ), large social categories ( ethnic minorities, elderly, etc. )  microsociology: focuses on typical interaction in small groups ( marriage, meeting, clique, etc. ) Functionalism: theory that many different parts of society have functions for society.  conflict theory: power and inequality are main aspects of conflict theory, focusing on the gap between haves and have-nots.  symbolic interactionism: studies the social meanings actors give to and take from others social behavior and how we need to understand it.