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Happy Friday!!! Take out your class contract I need to collect those We are going to present our puzzle pieces to the class so we can get to know each other! Did you know: In some smaller towns in Arizona, it is illegal to wear suspenders What is Sociology anyways? Isn’t it just common sense?? “After September 11, 2001, Americans became more patriotic” Some Americas are more or less likely than others to proclaim extreme pride in their country….but why?? THAT’S SOCIOLOGY! Lets start at the beginning…. Social Science: The study of the social features of humans and the ways in which they interact and change Divisions of Social Science: Anthropology Psychology Economics Political Science History Sociology How did Sociology emerge? People have been trying to figure out how social life works since ancient times Sociology as a science emerged in the 1800s Rapid social and political changes bc of Industrial Revolution Rapid growth of urban populations= social problems Focus on liberty and individual rights in political movements Attempts to prove beliefs through observations and experimentation So again, What is Sociology? Definition: The scientific study of social behavior and human groups Focuses on social relationships How those relationships influence people’s behavior How societies develop and change The Sociological Perspective A view of the world that helps you gain a new perception of social life Helps you see that all people are social beings Tells you behavior is influenced by social factors Helps your broaden your understanding of society Helps you find and accept balance Social Imagination An awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society, both today and in the past Key element: Gives us the ability to view one’s own society as a outsider would, rather than only from the perspective of personal experiences and cultural biases 2 major questions we ask two basic questions that sociologists ask about human behavior: (1) the descriptive question (i.e., What do people do?) (2) the explanatory question (i.e., Why do people do what they do? Let’s try something List 6 reasons why someone might seriously consider suicide For your 6 reasons… Tell me the feelings that go along with each reason In other words: what feelings would such a person experience that would lead him or her to consider suicide Look at your list of feelings How are they alike? What “theory” can we create to explain why people commit suicide? “The Unhappiness Theory” “People commit suicide because they are seriously, chronically, and profoundly unhappy” example of an individualistic (or nonsociological) explanation Why is the rate of suicide higher in Oregon than it is in New York What factors did you list? How are they similar? The difference between the “thinkings” sociological thinking considers external factors non-sociological (or individualistic) consider internal factors