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Assume that you are part of a group that has been
shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. The island has a
plentiful supply of wild fruits and plants, insects, birds, fish
and hardwood trees. Some fresh water can be found in
small island pools, but the bulk of the water is
contaminated by salt from the ocean, Your group had time
to rescue the following items from your sinking ship before
escaping in two life rafts:
Here’s what was salvaged:
2 large fishing knives
4 plastic gallon jugs of water
1 25-foot length of rope
1 large plastic tarp
1 set of binoculars
1 can opener
20 cans of fruits and vegetables
• Your task now is to figure a
way to SURVIVE… both
immediate and long term
• You have 25 minutes to
complete this…
What you did today is a lesson in sociology….
Sociology is the study of social interaction –
“how groups behave”…
 Take several minutes now to analyze your group…
• Stop here 11/09/10
• It is the scientific means of analyzing collective
phenomenon. It sees past outward appearances
to identify underlying patterns and influences on
behavior and explain them.
– Sociologists attempt to explain why certain problems,
actions or behaviors exist. They propose theories or
statements of explanations and conduct research to
confirm or dispel the theory.
– Sociologists do not accept something as fact unless it
is tested, data collected and analyzed.
• Read pg 5&6
• Make a list of all the Social Sciences described
• Define how each is a Social Science.