Terms for Sociology Studies


Cyber sociology is an examination of social behaviors and structures that have emerged as a result of Internet technology and the World Wide Web. Virtual communities, file sharing, Cyber-romance, cybersex, weblogs, microblogs, and political activism created through social networking sites are all examples of the tremendous power and influence of this new virtual society. Go back »

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Globalization has many definitions. For sociologists, globalization is a series of processes leading to the creation of a global society. These processes are many and include such disciplines as economics, culture, religion, and ideology. Globalization has slowly evolved over the last several centuries, and has accelerated greatly in the past fifty year due in part to to widely spread information networks, ever larger consumer markets, and the growth of multinational financial institutions. Go back »

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Grants development pertains to the creation of a grant proposal. A grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal, state, corporation, or private agency given to a recipient (usually a non-profit entity, educational institution, or individual) to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. Grants are not assistance or loans, but monies given as the result of submitting a written proposal and being approved for the award. It is estimated that $40 billion is awarded in the United States every year. Go back »

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Organizational behavior theory helps employers to understand what motivates the performance of their employees. Personality traits, theories of motivation and cognition, and differences in culture all contribute to the reasons why employees contribute to the organization and why certain behaviors add to the value to the organization while other behaviors do not. Go back »

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Organizational management is the process of planning, organizing, leading and controlling the efforts of organization members and resources to achieve stated organizational goals. The way divisions, departments and people link together and interact is set out in a management structure --- also referred to as the organizational structure. Leadership and effective communication are core skills exhibited at all levels of management in any successful organization. Go back »

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Social science courses pertain to a number of scientific disciplines that concern themselves in some manner with human behavior. They can include sciences such as anthropology, archeology and history. They can also include behavioral sciences such as criminalistics, psychology, and sociology. Professional fields such as law, politics, and international relations also fall under the umbrella of the social sciences. Consequently, a study of sociology often encompasses some understanding of other social sciences as well. Go back »

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Sociological imagination is the process of understanding how social outcomes are shaped by the people, events, and contexts in which they occur. Things that shape social outcomes include social norms and personal motivations. The termed was created by the American sociologist C. Wright Mills to describe the kinds of insight sociology can provide as a way to explain the workings of everyday life. Go back »

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