Presentation on theme: "Sociology: Examining Social Life"— Presentation transcript:
1 Sociology: Examining Social Life Mr. CalvertNorth High School
2 Essential QuestionsWhat is sociology, and what does it mean to have a sociological imagination?How is sociology similar and different to from other social sciences?VocabularySociology Social Sciences Social InteractionSocial Phenomena Sociological Perspective Sociological Imagination
3 SociologySociology is the social science that studies human society and social behavior.Sociologists study social interaction –how people relate to one another and influence each other’s behavior. They focus on the group, not the individual.They examine social phenomena –observable facts or events that involve human society.
4 The Sociological Perspective Why Study Sociology?The sociological perspective allows you to look beyond common beliefs to the hidden meanings behind human actions:All people are social beingsYour behavior is influenced by social factorsYou have learned your behavior from others.There are many views of social reality.View the world through others’ eyes
5 The Sociological Perspective Sociology helps you find a balance between your personal desires and the demands of society. ( Do you only live for you, or do you live to please others?) Must have a balance.A sociological imagination(C. Wright Mills) -the ability to see the connection between the larger world and one’s personal life.
6 What does it mean to have a Sociological Imagination? SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVESOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATIONLook beyond commonly held beliefs to hidden meanings in human actionsSee beyond own day-to-day life by viewing world through others’ eyesCapacity to range from impersonal and remote [topics] to intimate features of human selfTo see relations between the larger world and personal life
7 QuestionHow is sociology similar to and different from other social sciences?Anthropology, social psychology, economics, political science, history, geography
8 AnswerSIMILAR: 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 sciencesDIFFERENT: Sociologists are mainly interested in social interaction and tend to focus on the group rather than the individualDIVISIONS HAVE BLURRED: Sociologists borrow from the various social sciences
9 How can a Sociological Imagination assist everyday life? AssignmentWhy did C. Wright Mills think that a sociological imagination was important to Sociology?What does a Sociologist study?Chart: Draw the chart and answer in no less than 2 sentences each.How can a Sociological Imagination assist everyday life?Seeing People as Social Beings?Finding Balance in you personal and social life?Viewing you own life within a larger social and historical context?