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Sociology

This is the twenty third article addressing those things most people believe that are not true introduced in the article, "Most Of What You Believe Is Not True." To see all the articles, or any other one, please see the Index.

Sociology, is a pseudoscience, like psychology, and evolution. Unlike psychology and evolution there is no science at all associated with it.

The idea of sociology was originated by the french philosopher Auguste Compte, who, influenced by Hume, sought a, "science of society," as rigorous as any of the physical sciences. (The word "altruism" was invented by Compte, and the ideas of socialism, social engineering, and huminism were all originated by him as well.)

The Mish-Mash Of Sociology

If it were possible to give what is called sociology a meaningful definition it would be the attempt to understand the nature of societies while ignoring what societies are. A society is any collection of individual human beings within some geographical location, in which those individuals usually share certain cultural similarities such as language, dress, occupations, beliefs, and individual interests.

What any society is will be determined by the individuals that make up that society; their beliefs, values, and chosen behavior. That is all that determines what any society is, from its culture to its political nature. If one truly wants to study a society, it is it's individuals it must study. That, however is exactly what sociology does not study.

What Sociology "Studies"

I do not intend to convince anyone that sociology is a made-up pseudo-science that contributes nothing positive to any individual or society. Those who have faith in such things could never be convinced. For those who have never surrendered their ability to think and reason and can discern for themselves when something phony is being put over, I will let the sociologists themselves provide the evidence of the sociological hoax. Here is what they study in their own words and descriptions.

According to the ASA (American Sociological Association)

Sociology is:

  • the study of society
  • a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies
  • the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes
  • the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives
  • an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics

The University of Chicago has a reputation for having one of the best sociology departments in the country. Here is a list of individual sociology departments:

  • Culture
  • Education
  • Gender, Family and Feminist Theory
  • Health and Medicine
  • Historical Sociology
  • Methods and Models
  • Organizations and Networks
  • Political Sociology
  • Population
  • Social Studies of Knowledge
  • Social Theory
  • Inequality and Stratification
  • Transnational Processes
  • Urban Sociology

Here is a description of the program of study:

"The discipline of sociology encompasses a diversity of substantive interests, theoretical orientations, and methodological approaches. The phenomena studied by sociologists range from face-to-face interaction in small groups to the structure of the modern world system. They include the historical emergence, stabilization and disintegration of institutions, practices and symbolic forms, stratification and mobility, demographic change, processes of gendering, urban/rural/suburban communities, race and ethnic relations, mass media, and the social dimensions of such areas as education, family life, law, the military, political behavior, science, and religion. The methodologies of the field range from experimentation, survey research, and ethnography to archival research and mathematical model building."

[NOTE: It is not necessary to read through the lists of courses, except for their entertainment value. They are provided only as illustrations of the absurdities being put over as "science."]

And here is a list of courses available:

  • Sociological Methods.
  • Social Structure and Change.
  • Statistical Methods of Research.
  • Sociological Theory.
  • Organizational Analysis.
  • Social Change.
  • Social Stratification.
  • Urban Structure and Process.
  • Political Sociology.
  • Sociology of Human Sexuality.
  • Applications of Hierarchical Linear Models.
  • Global-Local Politics.
  • Survey Research Overview.
  • Urban Policy Analysis.
  • Introduction to Population.
  • Rational Foundations of Social Theory.
  • Qualitative Field Methods.
  • Labor Force and Employment.
  • Social Change in the United States.
  • The Effects of Schooling.
  • Social and Cultural Organization of Non-Human Animals.
  • Urban Health.
  • Urban Schools and Communities.
  • Race and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective.
  • Race in Contemporary American Society.
  • Political Modernization.
  • States, Markets, and Bodies.
  • Political Theory I-II.
  • Political Theory I. 100 Units.
  • Political Theory II.
  • Global Health and Inequality.
  • The Politics of Racial Knowledge.
  • Inequality, Health, and The Life Course.
  • Colleges and Universities in American Society.
  • Opposing the State.
  • Computing and Society.
  • Gender and Development.
  • Readings in Sociology.
  • Sociology BA Thesis Seminar.
  • BA Honors Paper.
UC Berkeley also has a thriving sociology program. Here some of their courses:

  • Organizations and Social Institutions
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sport as a Social Institution
  • Economy & Society
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Development and Globalization
  • Social Inequalities--American Cultures
  • Race & Ethnic Relations: U.S. American Cultures
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Urban Sociology
  • Social Problems of the Food Industry
  • Politics and Social Change
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Society and Technology
  • Virtual Communities/Social Media
  • Comparative Perspectives on U.S. & European Societies: Culture
  • Race & Ethnic Relations--International Comparisons
  • The Sociology of College Life
  • "Isms"--The Political and Social Imagination of the Modern World
  • NGOs and Global Governance
  • Insurrection and Revolution: Causes, Development, and Outcome of Political Uprisings
  • Sociology of Im/migration Politics

Finally here is Princeton University's fine offering of sociology courses:

  • Sociology of Sports
  • Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas
  • Sociology of Religion
  • The Ghetto
  • Inequality, Mobility, and the American Dream
  • Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • The Sociology of Crime and Punishment
  • Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Families
  • Self and Society
  • Immigration, Citizenship and Identity
  • Modern Mexican Society
  • The Western Way of War
  • Communism and Beyond: China and Russia
  • Topics in the Sociology of Latin America
  • Gender and Development in the Americas
  • The Sociology of Intellectuals and Ideas
  • Immigrant America
  • Sociology of Finance
  • Political Sociology
  • Environment and Migration
  • The Sociology of Latinos in the U.S.
  • Sociology of International Migration
  • God of Many Faces: Comparative Perspectives on the Sociology of Religion
  • Organizations: Management, Bureaucracy and Work
  • Communications, Culture and Society
  • Money, Work and Social Life
  • Sociology of the Cubicle: Work, Technology, and Organization
  • The Social Life of the Metropolis
  • Environmental Sociology
  • The Sociology of American Political History
  • Government, Poverty, and Inequality in Modern America
  • Sociology of Science
  • Sociology of Technology
  • Higher Education and Society
  • Culture, Power and Inequality
  • Religion in the United States
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Health, Society and Politics
  • The Sociology of Law
  • Critical Approaches to Human Computer Interaction
  • Introductory Research Methods in African-American Studies
  • Race is Socially Constructed: Now What?
  • Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and Society.
  • Rats, Riots and Revolution: Housing in the Metropolitan United States
  • Race, Class and Inequality in Post-Apartheid South Africa
  • The Revolution will not be Televised
  • Photo, Urbanism and Civic Change Between 1960-1980
  • Dilemmas of Development in Asia
  • Introduction to Population Problems
  • Loving and Hating the West
  • Technology and Society
  • Gender, Crime, Media, and Culture
  • Born in the USA: Culture and Reproduction in Modern America
  • Latinos in American Life & Culture
  • Soldier, Worker, Mullah, Citizen: Labor and Social Welfare in the Middle East
  • Street Politics: Revolutions and Social Movements in the Middle East.
  • Social Philosophy
  • Latino Politics in the U.S.
  • Architecture and Democracy
  • Ethnographic Playwriting
  • Urbanism and Urban Policy
  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Documentary Film and the City
  • Media and Public Policy
  • Population, Society and Public Policy
  • Race and Public Policy
  • Law, Institutions and Public Policy
  • Information Technology & Public Policy

You may notice that one of the UC Berkeley courses is "Social Psychology." These pseudosciences are often combined to reinforce each other. Also notice that many of the courses include the terms policy or public policy, which are always euphemism for government policy, and like almost all of sociology, are meant to provide excuses for government interference and control of society.

—(03/11/16)