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Sociology 100
Lecture 1
Sociology- The study of human society.
o Thikig like a sociologist eas applyig aalytical tools to
something you have always done without much conscious thought.
Sociological imagination
o The ability to see the connections between our personal experience
and the larger forces of history
Social Institution
o A complex group of independent positions that, together, perform a
social role and reproduce themselves over time.
4 questions to ask in order to make the familiar strange
o How do we separate natural (biological) from social? How can we tell
the difference?
o How is social order possible?
o Do you have free will? What does that mean?
o How are the times we are living in different than previous times?
3 ways to think of social institutions
o Formal organizations ex. Structure of a team, people, etc.
o Symbolic aspect (Logo, shirts, etc.)
o Social ties (ex. Connect with people that also like the team)
Examples of social institutions
o Sport Team
o Church
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o University
o Political Parties
Social theories are like maps. They allow you to see things in certain ways
and tell you how to function. They describe how we use theory to function
in the world.
Folk theories- Widely shared beliefs about the social world.
o Theories on why people get married
Tax Break
Rational Economic
Religion/Morality/ Arranged
Love
Next step in relationship
Citizenship
Emotional Support
Companionship & Security
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