Sociology | Society & The Individual
S230 | 4072 | Eder

This is an introductory course in social psychology from a
sociological perspective.  The first section will  cover interaction
and culture.  We will start by looking at differences in
interactional styles cross-culturally, followed by an examination of
basic verbal aspects of interaction.  We will then examine the main
concepts of symbolic interactionism, seeing how they apply to the
study of peer cultures.  Finally we will examine status processes
within peer cultures, preparing for the next stratification.

The second section will focus on the effect of social class,
ethnicity, and gender on the experience of individuals in our
society.  Here we will begin by looking at basic processes of
stratification and inequality especially as they apply to social
class.  After that we will focus on the pressures to conform to
certain definitions of maleness and femaleness.  We will then
examine how the experiences of people in different ethnic groups are
affected by stereotypes and stratification.  Finally we will look at
stereotypes faced by people with disabilities.

The last section of the course will focus on social relationships
and community.  We will begin by looking at intimacy and sexuality
and then turn to an examination of friendship.  After that we will
looks at ways to bridge differences and build a sense of community
among individuals.  Then we will consider processes of competition
and co-operation within groups.  The last part of the class will
focus on new models of relating together as a society.

We will have lectures with some discussion on most days.  In
addition, we will hold discussions for the entire class time on six
Thursdays during the semester in which the class will break down
into two discussions groups.  Students will be expected to write
four reflection papers based on these discussions, in which the
student expands on the ideas discussed and reflects on their
relationship to the readings and lectures of the week and/or
experiences in the student's life.  There will also be three exams
during the course, each of which will be part multiple choice and
part essay.  Each exam will count as another one-forth of a
student's grade.

Required Texts:

Eder, D., School Talk
Rothenberg, Paula  Race, Class, and Gender in the United States
---        Reader for Society and the Individual