SOC 160 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Data Analysis

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Soc 160
o Category of humankind, shares certain distinctive physical traits
o People classes according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic,
or cultural origin or background
o Biological traits that society associates with male and female
o Meaning of being male or female in a given society race, ethnicity, gender
These are social constructs
Sociology as a science
o Systematic methods
Theoretical thinking
Data analysis
Logical assessment of arguments
A body of knowledge
Sociological study of social problems
o 1. Measure objective conditions
o 2. Measure subjective concerns
o 3. Apply sociological imagination
o 4. Identify possible social policies
o 5. Likely consequences of social policies
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