The core concepts of sociology are a combination of original theories with improved sociological approaches that build upon them over time. Sociology utilizes three main theories to approach the study of society with different focus points that result in different outcomes. Furthermore, as stated by Robert Faris and William Form from britannica “The early schools of thought each presented a systematic formulation of sociology that implied possession of exclusive truth and that involved a conviction of the need to destroy rival systems” (5). Understanding how the three approaches work and how they can be utilized in different social setting, or for different purposes is pertinent to successfully studying society. While all three approaches
Throughout this entire semester, I have learned many different aspects of society that I had a basic understanding of originally. I never would have imagined the amount of knowledge and real life stories I would gain in this class. I want to start of by saying that I am grateful to have taken this class and appreciate each and every story that was shared. These stories opened my eyes to a world I wouldn’t have normally seen. For that fact alone, I believe sociology was one of the most insightful classes in my college career so far.
During my two last years of high school, i've been in contact with a lot of colleges and universities. Many of which don’t get my attention. Throughout my whole high school years, there was only one college that i wanted to go to, Liberty University. I have heard so many wonderful things about Liberty and what i loved the most was that it was a christian school. Liberty had the number one thing that i am looking for in a college, that is a christian school, but many of my other things that i look for in a college where just not there. I used to live in Florida approximately 11 years ago and let me tell you, it's hard not to miss the sunshine state. Liberty is in Virginia, a state where it doesn't feel like home. When i received a brochure
Every situation and every person you come into contact with and meet has been socialized in a certain way, and the root of this behavior lies in sociology. How we react to certain social situations, how we interpret or “read” another person’s actions, how we respond to other individuals, are all dependent on sociology. From this course, I hope to better be able to understand why people act and behave the way they do. I hope to learn more about significant social issues that are widespread throughout the world today and about social forces to help bring about change. On a deeper level, I want to understand why sociology is that window to being able to think on a different level, and the key to understanding those underlying human connections/behavior. For example, why is there a mental health stigma? Why do stereotypes exist? Where do social “norms” and social constructs stem from? Why does society breed the type of mentality where photoshop and runway models are the standards of beauty? All of the answers to these questions lie in sociological theories and concepts. I also hope that this course can help me to understand other social problems, such as racism, crime, poverty, violence, sexism, and how to contribute to their solutions. I am eager to learn more about sociology throughout the semester, and build upon/expand on my previous
Another way that sociology would better my career would be by analyzing behaviors of criminals and patterns that they leave behind on the victims. With certain crimes you will be able to identify the criminals upbringing by their immoral actions. You’ll be able to identify the perpetrator by the basics you learn in Soc 101. Sociology gives you the tools to look outside the box and to look further into examining people. Analyzing is going to be a key element in pathology because i would have to examine bodies and analyze all the information in order to determine the cause of death.
While taking Introductory Sociology with Professor Cole Smith this semester, the course revealed concepts covering various topics about society and the world around us. During the course, the ideas and concepts covered were impressionable because of the nature of the content. Each chapter discussed controversial topics challenging the way the students previously perceived information. However, there are chapters in this course that have been the most influential. For example, chapter one covered the theoretical perspectives, chapter four examined the concept of the social construction of reality, and chapter twelve exploring the family dynamic. Although each chapter provided insight on various subjects, the information allows for the reader
My attraction to this course is rooted in the fascination I have for sociology; I am captivated by its ability to make me see life more critically and impartially. For me, Sociology uses engaging ideas linking with my interest in the structure of society and its influence on our actions, as these topics are applicable to everyday life. Learning about the inner workings of society is something I enjoy and I find various sociological theories interesting and thought provoking; I take pleasure in applying theories to real-life situations, allowing me to develop ideas using my own initiative.
One sociological biography can be difficult because checking once else is almost the form of a case study thinking be difficult to look at it objectively without an ingrained certain beliefs about oneself this paradigm must be shifted to look at ones self objectively. Personally I was born Alabama and raised in Texas; this experience meant that I did not have many countercultures to interact with on a daily basis in Elementary school and high school. This isolation lead to certain beliefs became ingrained age creating almost a cultural imperialism Keirns, et al. 2015) that myself, and everyone around me clung too. Although in the south is overwhelmingly especially in the early 2000 the south what's overwhelming conservative religiously and
Sociology immediately proved to be a formidable field. It developed into a contagion that marked the thinkers who tread its path. A study from Colorado State University, recorded in the journal Teaching Sociology, found that mere introductory instruction on sociology has a powerful “liberalizing effect” on students (Brouilette 131). The study concludes by explaining what effects this liberalization of America’s young scholars will have on a grander scale: given the fact that an introductory class alone challenged its students to “accept a more culturally relativistic viewpoint”, it can be soundly hypothesized that deeper study would prove all the more potent (Brouilette 142). After a single class, students also found it “difficult to embrace society’s dominant ideology,” (Brouilette 142) which reinforces the “primacy of the individual”, “the inherent legitimacy of official structures and norms”, the idea that “reality exists
At the beginning of the semester, I knew very little about sociology or even what it was about. I just knew I needed to take the class for my degree plan to transfer to a four-year university and that I would be doing a lot of reading about different terms and theories of society. However, this first month of class has helped me improve my understanding of what sociology is about and shown me how my personal society has impacted the way I view society. Not only did I learn about the relationships between society and myself, but I have also learned different concepts that have helped me gain a better understanding of how society works. There are three specific sociological concepts that has helped me improve my understanding of the relation
Conflict theories are perspectives in social science that emphasize the social, political or material inequality of a social group, that critique the broad socio-political system, or that otherwise detract from structural functionalism and ideological conservativism. Conflict theories draw attention to power differentials, such as class conflict, and generally contrast historically dominant ideologies. It is therefore a macro level analysis of society. Karl Marx is the father of the social conflict theory, which is a component of the 4 paradigms of sociology .
As I reflect on sociology 100, I realized that this is truly a course that opens up one 's mind. I admire the fact that this course really going to teach me a lot. I was really scared to take this class because honestly I had no idea what Sociology is? I never took this class but my professor made it easy and he made very clear that how we can keep an A in the class and what he expects from us. The first week of the class was just about the syllabus and what chapter we gonna cover throughout the semester. In total we studied nine chapter. They all helped me a lot to understand the true meaning of sociology and why it is useful. The first chapter was The Social Imagination, The second chapter was Studying the Social World, The third chapter was Social Interaction, The fourth chapter was Social Structure, The Fifth chapter was Culture, Media and Communication, The sixth chapter was Power and Politics, The seventh chapter was Social Stratification, Inequality and Poverty, The eight chapter was Race and Ethnicity and last but not least was Gender and Sexuality. I will just discuss the what I found most interesting, why they are important. First of all What is sociology? Really? I never asked this question to myself until the first day of class. Sociology is the study of "social behavior or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks and institutions." It allows you to go to different paths, it affects how we talk, it helps us to understand what 's going
When most people think about sociology they generally think of the study of sociology. However, sociology is much deeper than just the study of sociology. It displays a plethora of sub topics such as: crime, deviance, bureaucracy, culture, criminality, socialization, economy, politics, religion, education, social class and many more. Throughout this fall semester this sociology course has taught me things that I could never imagine. To be more specific there were actually ten topics that I learned in this course that was very important to me. Those topics were: crime, deviance, bureaucracy, nature of science, philosophy, religion, common sense, scientific
Sociology is a wide range of human society that emphasis on the structural, developmental, and functional level. Sociology class is an eye- opening course that helps student learn, and understand this beautiful world better. By applying the knowledge that we’ve learned in class to the real world situations humanizes and gives context to the theory. Sociology is an exciting field. By analyzes, and explains significant matter in our personal lives, communities, and our world. Furthermore, understanding sociology at a personal level, it investigates causes and consequences that lead to romantic love, racial and gender identity, family conflict, deviant behavior, aging, and religious faith. I’ve a chance to enrolled in a sociology course this semester and had learned abundant value knowledge that I could apply to my daily lives. The five topics that I have interested in the most are: deviance, primary group, secondary group, minority group, because I’ve been through those situations personally and experience the value of it.