a. Explain sociology, sociological perspective, and the sociological imagination.
b. Describe the origins of sociology as a social science and the significance of its historical framework.
c. Explain the relationship of sociology to the other social sciences.
d. Identify careers where sociological knowledge is applicable.
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.
Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.
The term "sociological imagination" was coined by the American sociologist C. Wright Mills in his 1959 book The Sociological Imagination to describe the type of insight offered by the discipline of sociology. The term is used in introductory textbooks in sociology to explain the nature of sociology and its relevance in daily life.
The sociological imagination is the ability to see things socially and how they interact and influence each other. To have a sociological imagination, a person must be able to pull away from the situation and think from an alternative point of view. This ability is central to one's development of a sociological perspective on the world.
Exploring Society - E1 - Why Sociology?
Various perspectives are offered by leading sociologists for understanding the complex interplay of individuals, groups and relationships in society, and how they provide a context for living and a road map for understanding life’s limitations … and possibilities. The development of Sociology as a discipline is the focus of this lesson.
The Standard Deviants cover the major contributors to the field of sociology. Who are these people? How'd they get into the history books? What did they say about family and society? Find out how their work influences budding sociologists today.
In this project we will research and present a historical figure in Sociology and present using the Chrome plug-in ScreenCastify!
DO NOT try to share the video from within ScreenCastify...
Sociology helps you develop a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the globalizing world. It can equip you with the tools needed to make sense of the shifting social world and contribute solutions to difficult social problems.
Given the breadth, adaptability and utility of studying sociology, employment opportunities abound. The following list of possibilities is only illustrative. Careers in Sociology, a publication of the American Sociological Association, identifies these employment sectors:
Top Jobs for Sociology Degree Majors
By Mike Profita
Updated November 01, 2018
If you are intrigued by how and why people interact as they do with others, then maybe sociology is the major for you. Sociology majors learn to think critically about social problems and social phenomena.
The major is very broad. Everything in the social realm is open for study, including family, marriage, deviance, criminology, group interaction, gender roles, sexuality, work roles, public policy, aging, social inequality, attitude development, and much more.
Once you graduate with a degree in sociology, there are a number of careers that will fit your skills and knowledge.
CLICK HERE for more information on the types of jobs that might be right for you, as well as a list of sociology skills.
There are literally hundreds, maybe even thousands, of jobs within the field of Sociology and new ones are being created every day.
How do you figure out which careers you might like to try? It takes some thought, creativity, and research. In the following exercise, you will have the opportunity to learn about yourself and careers found within the sociology field.
Begin by reading through the components of the WebQuest to see what will be required.
You will research a career in a specialized area of sociology and write a profile on this area in pamphlet form. Choose one career in sociology that you want to learn more about. Some examples include:
This list is not exclusive; there are many other specialties you can investigate.
For the career you have selected, find the answers to the questions on the Careers Worksheet. Then use the information you have gleaned to create a pamphlet designed to inform prospective sociology majors about a career in the specialty. The pamphlet should be creative, attractive and factual. It should be designed to not only inform, but also to “sell” the career.
Go to “Careers in Sociology” in the list below. This is the website of the ASA. Start here. There are many other websites you can use. Here are a few to get you started:
You can use any online template you like. Canva is a great resource - https://canva.com
Your pamphlet should be accurate, complete, and artistically/creatively designed.
It will be graded using the Pamphlet Rubric.
Good Luck on your Quest!
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