After reading Chapter One, students should be able to: 1. define sociology and understand the components of the sociological perspective2. explain what is meant by the global perspective for sociology3. identify four benefits of using the sociological perspective4. understand the main ideas in the major theories in sociology: structural-functional, social conflict, symbolic-interaction5. understand why the scientific approach is important in sociology and how that differs from “common sense”6. know the difference between scientific, interpretive, and critical methodical approaches You will not be required to know the different types of research methods (ex: participant observation) or the steps in sociological research. Those are basically the same as the scientific method. You should be familiar with that by now!