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Lecture 2

Sociology 1025A/B Lecture 2: Systematic Thinking


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 1025A/B
Professor
Lauren Barr
Lecture
2

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Theory and Methods
Examining the Social World
Systematically

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A little review … What is Theory?
A tangled maze of jargon”?
Abstractions that are irrelevant to the real world”?
A system of interconnected ideas that organizes
knowledge about the social world

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Theoretical Frameworks
Positivism sees social science research as the
same as natural science research
Interpretive human social life is qualitatively
different than others things studied by science
What you believe is real, is real in its
consequences”
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