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Sociology 2270A/B
Lina Sunseri

SOCIOLOGY 2270A th SEPTEMBER 11 2013 Introduction to theory What it means to theorize? -Explain the world around us, as readings point out, about our personal relationships, our life choices But Social Theorist theorize things differently.. • They do it more systematically • Do it more self consciously • Their theory is built upon previously established theories • Based upon data • They publish or distribute their knowledge to other peers and the public • Deal with broad social issues rather than own personal problems • Their theory often has implications for society and may be an action for social change Defining social theory • A set of ideas that allow for the systemization of knowledge of the social world by developing concepts, hypotheses made to explain how the social world is organized, and often making predictions about the future of that social world. Characteristics and Differences of Theories • Differ not only in terms of time-frame (i.e. classic, contemporary) • Focus of interest: macrosociology (grand) and micro (every day) • Methodology: Deductive- Theory->research->test>> Inductive- Observe/interview->research • Structuralist (deterministic, predictive) and individual agency SEPTEMBER 16 TH 2013 Movie “The Take” -What are some of the major important sociological concepts? -How can we link the film to Karl Marx? ** Argentina  40 Billion whisked away at night  All bank accounts frozen  5 presidents 3 weeks  Basic rules of capitalism being broken SOCIOLOGY 2270A  Uprising reject the whole capitalistic model  Protesting can only accomplish so muchwhat are you fighting for?  Factories with no bosses  OCCUPY->RESIST->PRODUCE  One worker- everyone gets the same salary  Stealing vs expropriation  Private school, health care under worker’s control -> expropriation Sociological Points • Revolution, worker’s took over their own work • Globalizationglobal capitalism negative consequences- lost money, people being locked out of their own bank accounts, currency dropped, went bankrupt, private ownership relinquished • Political electionwhether or not the companies would be returned to their owners ->Menan was bourgeoisie, same interests as capitalists (politicians) -Argentina- nature of capitalism work can be either negative or positive -Global Capitalism (2001)global capital everywhere-> effects of downsizing, selling of many public companies, poverty line rise: ½ population, currency: Argentina bankrupt -workers: alienated, powerless, devalued riots, protests -alternative modelcooperatives (assembly) -politics & economy Link to Marx • Class consciousness • Praxis- relationship between state and bourgeoisie • Labour theory of value • Global capital • Alienation & exploitation • Class relations • Socialist/ communist SEPTEMBER 18 2013 SOCIOLOGY 2270A Karl Marx 1818-1883 **know the period, they’re theories are based up their historical times • Socialist th
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