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Concepts covered in this lecture : Founding fathers of sociology Auguste Comte, Emile Durkheim, Herbert Spencer, Max Weber and Karl Marx; meaning of science; value neutral and objective theories; social facts; hypotheses as assumptions regarding relationships between two or more variables; social statics and dynamics; stages of development; social facts as patterns of thinking, feeling and acting; sociology as the study of relationship between social facts; individual and society; social integration and suicide; types of suicide; positivist and analytical approaches.

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