SOC Unit 2 Vocabulary Practice
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The act of evaluating theories in light of new data.
The doctrine that all ideas and categories are derived from sense experience and that knowledge cannot extend beyond experience, including observation, experiment, and induction.
The process of simultaneously analyzing the behavior of individuals and the society that shapes that behavior
The process by which sociologists gather data on the ground and formulate theories about what they find.
An idea that data derived from sensory experience and logical and mathematical treatments of such data are together the exclusive source of all authentic knowledge. Its goal is prediction.
A research method that generally uses an observational approach to understanding human behavior and looks at depth over breadth. (Example: interviews)
A research method that generally uses a numerical approach to understanding human behavior. (Example: surveys)
The way in which abstract concepts, complex processes, or mutable social relationships come to be thought of as "things."
A method that goes beyond everyday common sense by using systematic methods of empirical observation and theorization.
The ability to understand how your own unique circumstances related to that of other people, as well as to history in general and societal structures in particular.
A term coined by Auguste Comte (1798-1857) in 1838 from the Latin term socius (companion, associate) and the Greek term logia (study of, speech).
The act of speculating, conjecturing, or forming a hypothesis about something, especially in a manner that is abstract or without supporting evidence.
A sociological approach with a goal of understanding behavior rather than predicting behavior. It involves not only quantitative approaches but more interpretive, qualitative approaches.
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