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Week1introductiontosociology 2013

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Week1introductiontosociology 2013

  1. 1. Introduction to Sociology Ray Brannon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o
  2. 2. Trapped!! Psycho –Social Interweave• Personal destinies are linked to societal structures • PA Study of Care for the Elderly • Blinding pace of transformational change
  3. 3. A little about myself…six kids and five grandchildren
  4. 4. A long time ago in a distant galaxy ……I began to program with IBM cards on very big computers that didn’t have the power of your smart phone.
  5. 5. Retired President & CEO of Choice Technologies
  6. 6. Ray Brannon, Ph.D. candiddatewww.inspectyourgadgets.com
  7. 7. The Challenge:To become a critical thinker on sociologic issues because ….. your personal history matters!!
  8. 8. • Locating yourself in the period in which you live- how you are shaped by society and how you can shape society• Link history and biography – three generations• My grandfather, father, me, son, grandson
  9. 9. What is Epistemology? What is a Paradigm?
  10. 10. Paradigm Shift: The destruction an old theory by new facts and itsreplacement as a new theory that fits the new facts. Thomas Kuhn
  11. 11. What is a Paradigm Shift?
  12. 12. Changing Sociological Paradigms
  13. 13. Trapped by Self Deception and Assumptions
  14. 14. Developing Self and Social Consciousness• Distinguishing personal problems from public issues resulting from social structure• Troubles versus issues: personal/ societal• One mans death is a tragedy 45 people killed by a terrorist blast is a statistic.
  15. 15. Did You Know?We Are a Piece of the Social Puzzle

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