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sociology exam I

chapters 1&2

understanding human behavior by placing it within its broader social context. sociological perspective
people who share a culture and a territory society
the use of objective systematic observations to test theories. scientific method
the scientific study of society and human behavior sociology
the use of sociology to solve problems from the micro level of family relationships to the macro level of global pollution. applied sociology
the examination of large-scale patterns of society. macro level
an examination of small-scale patterns of society. micro level
what people do when they are in one anothers presence. social interaction
communication without words through gestures, use of space, silence, and so on. nonverbal interaction
a statement of how variables are expected to be related to one another, ofetn according to predictions from a theory. hypothesis
a factor thought to be significant for human behavior, which can vary from one case to another. variables
one of seven procedures that sociologists use to collect data: surveys, participant obeservation, case studies, secondary analysis, documents, experiments, and unobtrusive measures. research method
the extent to which an operational definition measures what it is intended to measure. validity
the extent to which reasearch produces consistent or dependable results. reliability
the collection of data by having people answer a series of questions survey
a target group to be studied. population
the individuals intended to represent the population to be studied. sample
people who respnd to a survey, either in interviews or by self-administered questionaires. respndents
questions that are followed by a list of possible answers to be selected by the respondent. close-ended questions
questions that respondents answer in their own words. open-ended questions
research in which the researcher participtaes in a research setting while observing what is happening in that setting participant observation
an analysis of a single event, situation, or individual. case study
the analysis of data that have been collected by other researchers secondary analysis
the use of control and experimental groups and dependent and independent variables to test causation. experiments
ways of observing people so they dont know they are being studied unobtrusive measures
the view thata a sociologists personal values or biases should not influence social research value free
the standars by which people define what is desireable or undesirable, good or bad, beautiful or ugly. values
value neutrality in research objectivity
the repitition of a study in order to test its findings. replication
sociology being used for the public good:especially the sociological perspective guiding politicans and policy makers. public sociology
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