the systematic study of human society and social interaction
the use of sociological research and theory to solve real world problems
the use of sociological knowledge to intervene in social settings and help guide the process of change (ex: social worker, matchmaker)
1. social structure (how society is organized)
2. socialization (how we learn about the world)
3. social action (or social change)
the three main concerns of sociology
contributed laws to society
contributed social institutions
sociology bridges the gap from traditional society to modern
sister disciplines of sociology
government and politics
combination of sociology, economics, and political science
2. medical sociology
3. sociology of education
4. sociology of family
5. race and ethnic relations
five major subfields of sociology
it was the first major social problem to be studied from a sociological point-of-view
suicide is important to sociology because...
Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Nevada
what states have the highest rate of suicide?
Connecticut and New Jersey
what states have the lowest rate of suicide?
suicide is the ____ leading cause of death for people aged 15-24
since the 1950s, the suicide rate for people aged 15-24 has ______
a person's social ties to society are too weak or too strong
according to Durkheim, suicide is more likely to occur when...
one would not expect to find any noticeable changes in the rates from year to year or group to group
according to Durkheim, if suicide was a random event...
married people without kids
among what groups of people is suicide most common?
four types of suicide
social integration too low
social integration too great
social regulation too low
social regulation too great
example of an altruistic suicide
suicides after 9/11
example of anomic suicide