Sociology 1020- intro to sociology: a canadian focus. Systematic study of social behaviour in human societies. Different way of looking at things (binoculars) People act in highly predictable ways (hand exercise) Examines effects of society and group membership on behaviour. Society guides our actions and shapes our values. Peter berger to see the general in the particular = general patterns in individuals. We belong to different categories gender, age, ethnicity, status. We see the world through the lens of our own experiences. To understand behaviours you need three levels of analysis. Three goals of sociology: describe the social world, explain how and why, critique existing social arrangements. Three levels of analysis: biography- human agency= level of analysis, mileu- gemeinschaft= sense of belonging (where you spend your time, history- society/structures= a given society. A new way of looking at the world . Statement of how and why certain facts are related. Theoretical paradigms: structural functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, feminism.