Sociology 1026 Reading Notes

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Notes for all the readings given for Sociology 1026G for the academic year 2015/16

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Sociology: The Science of SocietyIntroduction Difficult (& pointless?) to attempt a full definition of Sociology Sensitizes the reader to the fact that the scope of the discipline iswide-ranging, rich, complex and continually growing More appropriate to talk of the aims, methods and uses of sociologicalinquiry Sociologists attempt to interpret and explain human behavior withinthe contexts of social groups and institutions Macrosociological Large-scale social interactions Microsociological Small-scale behavior patterns within groups andinstitutionsSociology and HistoryMany of the essential insights of sociology are drawn from historyWhat occurs in any given society builds on historical knowledgeHumans are rational, thinking beings possessed of a willTherefore, they may act contrary to the established historical patternThe Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution have received themost sociological attention Several social theorists argue that sociology as a formal discipline wasborn as a reaction to the events surrounding these two major socialdevelopments The Industrial Revolution is usually described in terms of the social andeconomic changes it brought about The French Revolution is most remembered in terms of its social andpolitical consequencesHistory of Sociological Thought The Enlightenment in the 18th century produced an unprecedentedinterested in science and rationality

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