College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Harriet Hartman: Professor, Sociology









Sociology for "Scientific" Eyes
Introduction: Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas

A. Methods of Sociological Research/Sociology as Science

  • What is a science?
  • Is sociology a science?
  • Is there a difference between social sciences and other sciences?
    • Black hole “precision” (Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle)?
    • How the “hard”and “natural” sciences are social (or how social science informs our understanding of them)
  • What is “objectivity”? “Value-free”science?

B. Theoretical Perspectives

  • Illustrate functionalist, conflict & symbolic interactionist perspectives on tv or the internet or cellphones
Rowan University | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Department of Sociology