Sociology 365

SOCY 365

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Sociology 365. Society and the Individual
Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite: SOCY 110 or SOCY/ANTH 121

This course is designed to introduce students to sociological social psychology using a symbolic interactionist viewpoint. Approached this way, students will explore the symbolic nature of communication, the emergence of the self and our role in the creation and maintenance of our social realities.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

  • Introduction to Symbolic Interactionism
  • Symbolic communication and language
  • Socialization
  • The self and society
  • The Dramaturgical Perspective
  • Interaction
  • Social construction of reality
  • Creation and reproduction of reality


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Through lectures, small group activities and discussions, use of audio-visual materials, and student presentations, students will be engaged in the understanding and practice of symbolic interactionism.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will gain knowledge of the symbolic interactionist perspective, the skills to apply this perspective to their worlds, and recognize their role in the production of reality.


Assessment Measures

Graded assignments may include in-class exams, presentations, quizzes, written assignments, and a final exam.


Other Course Information



Approval and Subsequent Reviews

December, 2003 Reviewed Peggy A. Shifflett