1.01 Examining Social Life

Social Sciences
related disciplines that study carious aspects of humans social behavior
Sociology
the social science that studies human society and social behavior. the study of human social behavior from a group perspective.
Social interaction
how people people relate to one another and influence each other’s behavior
Social phenomena
observable facts or events that involve human society
anthropology
the comparative study of various aspects of past and present cultures
social psychology
the study of how the social environment affects an individual’s behavior and personality
economics
the study of the choice and people make in an effort to satisfy their wants and needs. The study of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Sociology is interested in the impact of the distribution of goods and services on inequality.
history
the study of the people and events of the past. Sociology sometimes looks to past events for explanations of present-day social phenomena.
sociological perspective
a viewing of the behavior of groups in a systematic way
sociological imagination
the ability to see the connection between the larger world and our personal lives
Anthropology
the comparative study of past and present cultures. In terms of subject matter, anthropology is the social science most similar to sociology
Psychology
the study of behavior and mental processes. Social psychology, the study of how the social environment affects individual personality and behavior, uses approaches similar to those of sociology.
Political Science
The study of the organization and operation of governments. Government particularly its impact on people’s lives, is also of interest to sociologists.