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Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 1 Learning Outcomes

  1. Define sociology and understand what it means to adopt the sociological perspective.
  2. Understand the historical context from which the field of sociology emerged.
  3. Outline the relationship between social inequality, social structure and the experiences of people in society.  
  4. Describe the basic structural features of foraging, horticultural, pastoral, agricultural, industrial and post-industrial societies.
  5. Understand the 3 major theoretical perspectives, apply the perspectives to social issues and connect them to macrosociology and microsociology.
  6. Discuss the contributions of the foundational figures in the field of sociology.


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Exploring Our Social World: The Story of Us by Jean M. Ramirez; Suzanne Latham; Rudy G. Hernandez; and Alicia E. Juskewycz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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