Soc150f15.syl. Final for Posting - Sociology 150 Sociological Social Psychology Micro-social Processes and Macro-social Consequences University of

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Sociology 150Sociological Social Psychology: Micro-social Processes and Macro-social ConsequencesUniversity of California, BerkeleyFall 2015Course DetailsInstructor:Brian Powers, Ph.D.Email:[email protected]Phone:510 642 4766 (messages)Office:488 Barrows HallOffice hours:Monday, Wednesday, 1 – 2:30; Friday and other MW times by appt. Not TThSign Ups at: wejoinin.com/[email protected]Lecture:Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3-4Location:Required Text50 Birge O’Brien Jodi. The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social PsychologyFifth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA. Pine Forge-Sage, 2011. This volume is available at CAL Student StoreCourse BackgroundThis course explores the nature of social action and some of the analytical approaches in interactionist and otherschools of social psychology that have developed to shed light on factors shaping human thinking and action. This field seeks to fill in the gaps, sometimes striking, in sociological explanations for events and situations thatrely on demonstrated correlations among impersonal variables. Within sociology, social psychology seeks to answer process questions concerning the ways and the reasons social forces affect social outcomes, often by affecting the thinking, action, and identities of individuals in society.The course reviews several major analytical perspectives and products of investigations that use them. The strength and fruitfulness of concepts in the classical and theoretical writings are explored in relation to contemporary concerns about numerous topics: the durability of social bonds, organizations and collective behavior, gender and racial identities, social compliance and non-conformity, the structuring of identity and personality in workplaces, schools, and other institutional venues, the maintenance of a stable social order, or the emergence of volatility, and the reasons behind obedience or the expression of conscience and defiance. In two data gathering projects students will explore individuals’ experiences learning or acquiring some facets of their identities in relation to the ways the documented structure and observed practices of a specific social setting – a workplace, team, living situation, aspect of campus life, school, family, church, etc. -- shape individuals’ thinking and action.Course Requirements
The instructor reserves the right to make modest, announced adjustments to the schedule of assignments, the weighting of assignments, and the schedule of readings. AssignmentHandoutdateDue dateGradeNotes1. Occasional one-page overnight quizzesTBATBAPart of 8%Participation Grade1 page response to a promptquestion based on a specificreading assignment(s) orcourse themes2. Field Report 1for LONG PROJECT -- a Direct, Observational Studyof a Context Shaping Forms of Identity or ActionWeek 1M, August31Week 4M,September21Part of 12%ResearchGrade1-2 pages defining a planfor studying over theLONG PROJECT,semester a social setting orprocess linked to theformation of asociologically significant

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