Sociology | Society & The Individual
S230 | 4807 | Harger

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the broad
subject of sociological social (society) psychology (the
individual).  Social psychology takes a closer look at the ways that
various social contexts influence human behavior, seeking to answer
questions such as:  What causes conflict between groups?  Why do some
people conform to norms and laws while others violate them?
What causes harmful or aggressive behavior?  Why do stereotypes
persist even when our experiences contradict them?  In attempting to
answer questions such as these, we will make use of concepts such as
self, role, and identity as well as theoretical perspectives such as
role theory, cognitive theory, and symbolic interaction theory.
Students in this class will learn to apply these concepts and
theories to movies, TV shows, and their own social worlds.