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so·ci·ol·o·gy (sō'sē-ŏl'ə-jē, -shē-)
1) The study of human social behavior, especially the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society.
2) Analysis of a social institution or societal segment as a self-contained entity or in relation to society as a whole.


Sociology. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 21, 2007, from website:

Lesson Idea

The Psychology teacher at Penn Cambria High School used a website called This I Believe as a way to discuss Culture, norms, values, etc. After providing definitions of the components of Culture, the students were directed to visit this website and choose at least two essays to read. They then had to identify examples of material and non-material components of culture found in the essays. This could easily be tied into Inspiration by asking students to create visual representation of their finding!
The students loved the essay and it generated great class discussion of variances as well as standards in culture.