Introduction to Sociology course – SOC 101

2. Theories

Why is something happening? How can we explain social phenomena? The answers to such theoretical questions are theories and this lecture is about what theories are, what makes a theory a useful one and what tools sociologists use to represent theories. The overarching aim is that you learn how you can translate the intuitions we all have about social phenomena into sociological theories. This means that we need to make our stories, which are often implicit and incoherent, both explicit and coherent, and analytically decompose its various elements. All this means that you start thinking like a sociologist about theories.

Reading

  • Introduction to Sociology, Chapter 2.

Video

Short videos (3-7 min.), in which I explain several key concepts/topics/theories of each chapter of the textbook. Just click on the YouTube link for the English or Dutch version. I hope you find it useful!

ContentTitleEnglishDutch
Ch. 2
Ch. 2.2What is a Sociological Theory?
Ch. 2.3What are Useful Sociological Theories?
Ch. 2.7Conceptual Models

Test your knowledge of Chapter 2

  • Take the Multiple Choice quiz here.

What do you want to do next?

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