Class Notes (888,707)
US (344,916)
U of M (5,961)
SOC (223)
SOC 305 (2)
Lecture 1

SOC 305 Lecture 1: First Half of Semester Lecture Notes

31 Pages

Course Code
SOC 305
Krippner Greta

This preview shows pages 1-4. Sign up to view the full 31 pages of the document.
Page: of

Loved by over 2.2 million students

Over 90% improved by at least one letter grade.

Leah — University of Toronto

OneClass has been such a huge help in my studies at UofT especially since I am a transfer student. OneClass is the study buddy I never had before and definitely gives me the extra push to get from a B to an A!

Leah — University of Toronto
Saarim — University of Michigan

Balancing social life With academics can be difficult, that is why I'm so glad that OneClass is out there where I can find the top notes for all of my classes. Now I can be the all-star student I want to be.

Saarim — University of Michigan
Jenna — University of Wisconsin

As a college student living on a college budget, I love how easy it is to earn gift cards just by submitting my notes.

Jenna — University of Wisconsin
Anne — University of California

OneClass has allowed me to catch up with my most difficult course! #lifesaver

Anne — University of California
1.11 1112017 4:05:00 PM Reading: Hollis, Problems of Structure and Agency, pp. 122 What is theory? Allows us to generalize; rather than stating facts, youre generalizing from particulars of many facts you know; moving from particulars to general context If all college courses and much of our everyday communication deals in theory, why are we taking a course on theory? Because we are focused on a specific set of theories that define sociology Sociological thinks first to develop general language for conceptualizing society or the social Before there was society, Medieval thought of the collective but it was understood as the Church rather than individuals Thomas Hobbes introduces the modern concept of the individual Key intuition of sociology while individuals are necessary to understand the social world, the social world is so much more than just the individual; cannot be reduced (thanks Hobbes, but were going to build on this) Explanation vs. interpretation: Explanation: why do people believe in god? Why does water form ice when cold? These are questions, looking for an explanation o Positivism JS Mills position that there are regularities in human behavior that can be traced to human nature, information that is readily available and empirical data (ex. we know that one pool ball hits and makes the other move, because weve seen it enough times to know it is true; the info is easily visible) (ex. we know this person will vote Republican because his race, SES, age, etc.) o Realism causal explanations are not directly observable; there are hidden realities (ex. you can stare at a watch for hours but not know how it really works, you have to open it up and see the cogs; you see the pattern of regularity, but it doesnt matter) Marx there are hidden forces in the economy, so we need a theory to tell us how they work because we cant see them
More Less
Unlock Document
Subscribers Only

Only pages 1-4 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
Subscribers Only
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document
Subscribers Only

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.