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Introduction to Sociolgy
Transcript of Introduction to Sociolgy
The Structural-Functional Approach
The Social-Conflict Approach
Individuals and groups within society have differing amounts of material and non-material resources and that the more powerful groups use their power in order to exploit groups with less power.
The Symbolic-Interaction Approach
The language and symbols that help us give meaning to the experiences in our lives.
The "Sociological Perspective"
A perspective on human behavior and its connection to society as a whole.
The Four Main Types of Research
Experiment: A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
Survey: A gathering of a sample of data or opinions considered to be representative of a whole.
Participant Observation: An investigator studies the life of a group by sharing in its activities.
Existing Sources: Some type of record that already exists in one way.
What is a "sociological theory?"
A sociological theory are statements of how and why particular facts about the social world are related
I believe its important to study police brutality in today's society because it's a huge social problem, and possibly SPE could be a related experiment.
Study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.
A perspective in sociology that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability.