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Sociology - Intro

  1. 1. Introduction to Sociology
  2. 2. What is sociology? What do sociologists do ?
  3. 4. Detect the symbolic value and socially constructed nature of everyday things
  4. 5. Why do people smoke?
  5. 8. lol dnt b dum im betr dan u omg wtf r u tinking gothz pwn punkz!! ^5 ayt btsoom
  6. 9. Be aware of the external forces ‘shaping’ our lives (and how individual choice is often a function of commmunity trends)
  7. 14. Detect power-plays and ‘hidden’ conflicts
  8. 16. Cultivating the “sociological imagination” <ul><li>Recognise that very few things are ‘natural’ </li></ul><ul><li>Detect the symbolic value and socially constructed nature of everyday things </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of the external forces ‘shaping’ our lives (and how individual choice is often a function of commmunity trends) </li></ul><ul><li>Be familiar with power-plays and conflicts </li></ul>
  9. 17. Good sociologists… <ul><li>Are able to ‘step out’ of their immediate scenarios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coffee (Giddens) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognise their position in wider society; accept that they are a ‘product’ of social influences </li></ul><ul><li>Are aware of cultural differences </li></ul><ul><li>Are sensitive to the causes and effects of social policies and phenomena </li></ul><ul><li>Are cognizant of power-plays </li></ul>
  10. 18. What is the sociological difference?
  11. 20. What is Sociology? <ul><li>Culture – way of life </li></ul><ul><li>Socially acceptable distance </li></ul><ul><li>Socialisation – process by which culture is learnt and internalized </li></ul><ul><li>Norm and values </li></ul><ul><li>Status and roles </li></ul><ul><li>Investigates interaction between how society impacts people and vic-versa </li></ul>
  12. 21. Key questions <ul><li>What is society? What is the best metaphor to describe or explain the social worlds we live in? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people do what they do? To what extent are they compelled by the social milieu and to what extent do they shape and ‘construct’ their own communities? </li></ul>
  13. 22. Textbooks & References
  14. 23. <ul><li>Primary </li></ul><ul><li>Shaefer, R.T. & Robert, P.L. (2005). Sociology. (10 th edition). New York: McGraw-Hill. (earlier editions are also fine, but try to get the latest one) </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary </li></ul><ul><li>Henslin, James M. (2009) Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (10th Edition) </li></ul><ul><li>Ellwood, Charles, A. (2010) Sociology and modern social problems 1873-1946 </li></ul><ul><li>Bruce, Steve (2000) Sociology: A Very Short Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Andersen, Margaret L. & Taylor, Howard F. (2010) Sociology: The Essentials </li></ul>
  15. 24. Assessment <ul><li>Assignments & Blog Participation – 30% </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-Term Exam – 20% </li></ul><ul><li>Final Exam – 50% </li></ul>
  16. 25. library.kdu.edu.my
  17. 26. http://dip-socio.blogspot.com

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