Sociology | Advanced Topics in Sociology
S660 | 20337 | Hallett

Topic: Social Interaction and Social Order

How is social order possible?  To answer this question, this course
turns our attention to the constitutive role of social interaction.
We will focus on social interaction as a crucible in which social
structural pressures and individual actions collide to create
society.  We will examine how social interaction is both the medium
and the outcome of social order.  Our focus on social interaction
will be a strong compliment to our department’s rich understanding of
social psychology, and it will also be of interest to students
interested in the sociology of culture, social order and
organizations.  To explore the connections between social interaction
and social order, we will start with some of the classic “Chicago
School” research and examine how it is being used in contemporary
research, and we will progress forward into Goffman’s tradition,
Garfinkel’s legacy, and micro sociological studies of conversation as
interaction.  At each turn, we will try to answer the questions “how
is social order possible, and how is this order created by
interactions, and how does it enable and constrain interactions?”