F12Soc150Powers - Sociology 150 Sociological Social Psychology University of California Berkeley Fall 2012 Course Details Instructor Email Phone

F12Soc150Powers - Sociology 150 Sociological Social...

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1Sociology 150 Sociological Social Psychology University of California, Berkeley Fall 2012 Course Details Instructor: Brian Powers Email: [email protected] Phone: (510) 642-4766 Office: 488 Barrows Hall Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, 1:15 -2:30; 4:15-5; by appt. when feasible before noon Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3-4 Location: 50 Birge Required books: O’Brien Jodi. The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social PsychologyFifth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA. Pine Forge-Sage, 2011. Course reader: Available WHEN ANNOUNCED at Copy Central, 2560 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 Online readings: Numerous items of required reading are available electronically at the course bSpace site (bspace.berkeley.edu) and through the UCB library’s e-books collection (site.ebrary.com/lib/berkeley/) Course Background This course explores the nature of social action and some of the analytical approaches in interactionist social psychology devised to shed light on it. It seeks to fill in the gaps, sometimes gaping, in sociological explanations for social outcomes that rely on demonstrated correlations among explanatory variables. Within sociology, social psychology seeks to answer the process questions concerning the ways and the reasons social forces affect social outcomes, often by affecting the thinking and action 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 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 and the ways the structure and practices of a specific social setting shape individuals’ thinking and action.
2Course Requirements Fall Course RequirementsAssignment Handout date Due date Grade Notes 1. Occasional one-page overnight quizzes TBA TBA Part of 10% Participation Grade 1 page response to a prompt question based on a specific reading assignment(s) or course themes 2. Reading Reflections TBA TBA Part of 10% Participation Grade 1-2 pages single-spaced reflections on Designated Reading Assignments 3. Field Report 1on a Direct, Observational Study of a Context Shaping Forms of Identity or ActionSeptember 17 Part of 10% Participation Grade 1-2 pages defining a plan for studying over the semester a social setting or process linked to the formation of a sociologically significant identity or forms of action 4. Paper 1 Comparative Paper on Differences in the Acquisition of Social Identities October 1 30% Comparison of the formative experiences and effects of social situations in the development of

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