Sociology and External Links

Topics: Sociology, Scientific method, Social sciences Pages: 87 (28943 words) Published: May 25, 2009
Introduction to
Sociology
Edition 1.0 6th March 2006
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Contents
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY.........................................................................1 AUTHORS...............................................................................................................6 INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................7 What is Sociology?...............................................................................................................7 History....................................................................................................................8 Sociology and Other Social Sciences ....................................................................11 Sociology Today......................................................................................................................13 Technology and the Social Sciences..................................................................................................................13 References .............................................................................................................13 External links ........................................................................................................14 SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS ..................................................................................15 Introduction...........................................................................................................15 The Development of Social Science ......................................................................16 The Scientific Method............................................................................................17 Correlation and Causation ....................................................................................21 Quantitative and Qualitative.................................................................................23 Objective vs. Critical..............................................................................................24 Ethics......................................................................................................................24 What Can Sociology Tell Us? ................................................................................25 Notes .....................................................................................................................26 References ............................................................................................................26 External Links ......................................................................................................26 GENERAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY....................................................................27 Introduction..........................................................................................................27 Structural-Functionalism......................................................................................28 Conflict Theory .....................................................................................................30 Symbolic Interactionism.......................................................................................31 Role Theory............................................................................................................32 Social Constructionism .........................................................................................34 Integration Theory ................................................................................................34 Notes ......................................................................................................................35 References...
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