In the first section of the Pathway we looked at ideas relating to the question "What is Sociology?" (the subject matter, type of questions asked, differences between Sociology and other ways of looking at / studying the social world and so forth).
What we need to do next, therefore, is to develop some of these ideas in more detail. In particular, we need to look at how sociologists consider human social behaviour in terms of it being a learned process and to help us do this we will be considering a number of related ideas:
a. Sociology and the concept of society.
b. The distinction between culture and instinct.
c. Sociological concepts relating to how we learn to be human.
d. Different sociological perspectives.
We will, therefore, be looking at some of the basic introductory ideas you need to understand about Sociology. It is important to remember that you will be using these ideas at various points in the course, since most (if not all) can be applied to the study of other syllabus areas such as Family Life, Education, Work and so forth.