Sociology | Society and the Individual
S230 | 20346 | VonDerHaar


In seeking to explain society, sociologists analyze both large- and
small-scale features of the social system.  In this course, we will
focus on the small-scale features.  Known as micro-sociology or social
psychology, this subject examines aspects of human behavior that fall
into three basic areas:  (1) the influence of social factors on the
individual, (2) social interaction between and among individuals, and
(3) group processes.

As an introduction to social psychology, this class will cover a full
range of questions that social psychologists have posed since the
latter part of the nineteenth century, including:

	How does our sense of self develop?
	Why do we identify with certain groups?
	What causes aggression?
	Why would someone help a stranger?
	Why do people fall in love?
	How do juries make decisions about the guilt or innocence of a
defendant?
	Why do people obey the orders of cruel leaders?

We all want answers to these kinds of questions.  And, this class is
designed to provide some of them.

Required Text:

Von Der Haar, Christine M.  2005.  Social Psychology: A Sociological
Perspective.
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.