HESC 2603 Lecture 1: what is sociology?

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Human Environmental Sciences
HESC 2603
Zola Moon

Wed. January 18, 2017 Lecture HESC 2603 Introduction to Rural Sociology What is Sociology? The study of society The study of an individual within groups The study of groups The scientific study of interactions and relations among human beings Uses scientific method humans make a situation nonlinear the fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived our own lives in Peter Berger uncover what you already thought you knew Rural Sociology Field of sociology associated with social life in nonmetropolitan areas food and agriculture rural to urban migration environmental sociology (natural resources) sociology of natural resources rural health careeducation The Sociological Imagination Mills, 1959 Develop the ability to step back and see the larger societal structures in which an individual lives historical, cultural, political and economic factors Individual behavior vs larger social context how do they function and interact among each other? 1. Claim is valuefree (dont assert character) 2. Evidence is empirical 3. Evidence is reliable 4. Argument is relevant to social groups, social organizations, structures or institutions (cant be simply at individual level) Is the social real? Social norms and rulessanctions Laws= social norms that we institutionalize elevator experiment
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