[SOCI 101] - Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam (75 pages long!)

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SOCI 101Lecture 1 Notes (1/11/17) with Key Points in Red
Housekeeping
o Be at Friday’s lass for REVEL purhase/set up
What is Sociology?
o The scientific study of society and human behaviors
o The study of human society
Society Defined
o People who share a culture and a territory
o A group of people who live in the same areas and participate in a common
economy or culture
What is a culture?
A system of beliefs and knowledge shared by members of group
or society that influences behaviors and attitudes
o Husker football in NE vs. Olympics in Jamaica vs cricket in
India
o We all have different cultures
Sociological Perspective
o What matters?
Context and society
Context=classroom, in a family, social network (acquaintances vs.
best friends)
Social location
Who are you hanging out with? Are you eating 3 meals a day?
Struggling to buy a textbook?
The corners in life that people occupy because of their place in society
jobs, income, education, gender, race-ethnicity, age, religion, sexuality,
etc.
Sociological Imagination
o The ability to grasp the connections between history and biography (C. Wright
Mills, 1959)
History: each society is located in a broad stream of events
Ex. Being a millennial
Ex. Being born in the Great Depression
Biography: our experiences within those events
Ex. Being a millennial and having twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
E. being born in the GD and feeling like you need to save
everything
History + Biography = sociological imagination
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o Shape a person into what they are/what they think/how
they act
o Sociological imagination (C.W. Mills)- Personal troules versus puli issues
Persoal troules: troules hae to do ith a idiidual’s harater ad
with those limited areas of social life he/she is directly and personally
aare
Megan, a UNL student, stealing a dress
Public issues: issues have to do with matters that transcend these local
eiroets of the idiidual ad the liited rage of his/her life
Megan leading a social movement where stealing becomes
associated with all UNL students
o Social Issues that affect sociological imagination
Anorexia
Refusing to eat so that you lose weight
What might cause someone to do this?
o Stress, societal standards of beauty, anxiety, body shaming
Zika
Mosquito virus that can cause birth defects, pain in the back of
your eyes
Graduating with a low GPA
Low functioning employees
Sociology and Other Sciences
o Science
Applying systematic methods to obtain knowledge and the knowledge
obtained by these methods
o Goals of Science
Explanation
Generalization
Prediction
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