The Sociological Theories of Emile Durkheim


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What are social facts?

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1. What would the ideas of equality, democracy, and freedom represent in terms of American society?

2. Why did Durkheim think that society should be studied like a science?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Emile Durkheim was a French philosopher whose work bears significant influence on the field of sociology. You can use these assessments to see how much you know about Durkheim's social theories and their connection to sociological research. Some things you'll be tested on include Durkheim's research interests and the relationship between science and society.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will gauge your understanding of the following:

  • Social facts
  • Widespread ideas in a society
  • Durkheim's views on the study of society
  • This philosopher's research interests
  • The relationship between sociologist and society

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the basics of Emile Durkheim's views on society and their influence on the field of sociology
  • Defining key concepts - make sure that you can accurately define some of the important terms found in the lesson, such as social fact
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to answer questions on Emile Durkheim's social theories, the basic tenets of sociology, and the relationship between sociological study and the larger society

Additional Learning

To learn more about Emile Durkheim, review the corresponding lesson called The Sociological Theories of Emile Durkheim. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of sociology
  • Durkheim and the origins of sociology
  • Social facts and ideas commonly held by American society
  • Scientific understanding of society