Assumptions of the Approach

Problems with the Sociological Perspective

Sociological Imagination

Structure, Agency and the concept of Social Determinism

Social Location

Social groups, self-perception and the perception of others


Development of Sociology: Medieval Period and the Age of Reason

Know the following theorists, their theories, and how they are in dialogue with one another. For example, what would Marx think of Durkheim’s theory of the division of labor?

Emile Durkheim

Social Bonds, Social Facts, Division of Labor

Karl Marx

Theory of Capitalism and Class Relations, Class vs. False Consciousness

Max Weber

Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Sociological Methods

Types of variables

Representative sample

Overt and covert research methods

Wheeling and Dealing by Patricia Adler

Russel Ogden’s research on physician assisted suicide

Stanford Prison Experiment

Milgram Experiment

Social interactions and social relationships

Hierarchy, Status, Role, Norms

Groups vs. Aggregates

Primary vs. Secondary Groups

Max Weber and Bureaucracy

Social Segmentation

Status Quo

Structural Functionalism (Order Model)

Durkheim: Mechanical and Organic solidarity

Homogeneous vs. Heterogeneous

Conflict Theory

The Synthesis of Structural Functionalism and Conflict Theory

Instrumental vs. Institutional Forces (dialectic)

Organization and hierarchies of power

Revolutionary vs. Reform oriented social change

4 Assumptions

The Social Construction of Reality




Ethnocentrism vs. Cultural Relativity
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