We live in a world that is changing very quickly. Sociology gives us the tools to understand our own lives and those we live with. This aim of this course is to enable one to understand the sociological perspective, in order to understand and appreciate human society.
The course focuses on some of the essential questions: How are the things that we take to be natural socially constructed? How do we live today? How determined is social life? Does the individual make a difference?
How is social order possible? Then we will ask what techniques are available to make sense of these questions. We will review comparative, historical, demographic, experimental, and ethnographic methods. Along the way, we will study core concepts including ethnocentrism, social networks, community, unanticipated consequences, social capital, race, class, and gender.
|Introduction to sociology||00:00:00|
|Why Is Sociology a Science?||00:00:00|
|The unit looks at why sociology is a science, raising issues for and against sociology being a science. The unit also raises assumptions that enables once to fairly come up with a conclusion on sociology being a science.|
|Theoretical perspectives in Sociology||00:00:00|
|This unit looks at the different theoretical perspectives in sociology, highlighting the relevancy of the models|
|Culture and Society||00:00:00|
|This unit discusses the interplay between culture and society. Showing how the two are important in defining life|
|The unit describes the existing, classes, positions and layers in society and their relevancy to human societry|
|Nature Vs. Nurture||00:00:00|
|The nature vs. nurture debate explores the relative importance of cultural (social environment) and biological (heredity) factors in the developmental process of human beings. Is our biology most important in determining who we are or is our social environment? Do we learn our character or is it determined at birth genetically? In all likelihood the answer to this question is a complex interaction between the two|
|Authority in society||00:00:00|
|Crime and violence||00:00:00|
|This unit will cover the study of population. It looks at everything that influences population size, distribution, processes, and the influence that change in population has on other contemporary issues.|
|This unit will handle the Demographic perspectives that relate to basic population information to theories about how the world operates demographically and interpret the relationships between populations factors such as size, distributions, age structures, and growth.|
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