Presentation on theme: "EXAMING SOCIAL LIFE Social sciences are disciplines that study human social behavior or institutions and functions of human society. Social interaction."— Presentation transcript:
1EXAMING SOCIAL LIFESocial sciences are disciplines that study human social behavior or institutions and functions of human society.Social interaction - how people relate to another and influence each other’s behaviorSocial phenomena – observable facts or events that involve human society
2The Sociological Perspective Studying sociology can help you gain new perspectives on, or views of, yourself and the world around you.Sociological perspective helps you see that all people are social beings. It can also broaden your view of the social world.
3The Sociological Perspective Sociological perspective can help you find an acceptable balance between your personal desires and the demands of your social environment.
4The Sociological Perspective Finally, the sociological perspective can help you view your own life within a larger social and historical context.It provides insight into how your social environment shapes you and how you, in turn, can shape your social environment.The ability to see the connection between the larger world and your personal life is what C. Wright Mill called sociological imagination.
5Sociology’s Place in the Social Sciences Other social sciences: anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, & social history.
6Sociology’s Place in the Social Sciences Anthropology – comparative study of past cultures and present simple, or less advanced, societies. Sociology is more focused on group behavior of more complex societies.Psychology deals with the behavior and thinking of organisms. Focuses on individual behavior.
7Sociology’s Place in the Social Sciences Social Psychology – study of how the social environment affects an individual’s behavior and personality.Economics is the study of the choices people make in an effort to satisfy their needs and wants.
8Sociology’s Place in the Social Sciences Political Science examines the organization and operation of governmentsHistory is the study of past events. Sociologist are also interested in the past.
9Comparing Sociology and other Social Sciences SIMILAR: Sociology examines the relations between society and culture, the individual economics, politics, and past events which are all the focus of one or more of the social sciences.DIFFER: Sociologist are mainly interested in social interaction and tend to focus on the group rather than the individual