1 Sociology 150 Sociological Social Psychology: Micro-social Processes and Macro-social Consequences University of California, Berkeley Fall 2020 Course Details Instructor: Brian Powers, Ph.D. Email: [email protected]Office: Zoom Link Join url: Office hours: MW 3.15-4.30; other times by appointment Lecture: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 2-3 Location: Required Text Join URL: O’Brien Jodi. The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social PsychologySixth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA. Pine Forge-Sage, 2011. This volume is available at CAL Student Store. Pages assigned in the syllabus are based on the Sixth edition of this volume. Online readings: Electronic Readings at bcourses: Several items of required reading are available electronically at the course bcourses site (bcourses.berkeley.edu) and through the UCB library’s e-books collection (site.ebrary.com/lib/berkeley/) Required readings not in the O’Brien book and not available electronically on oskicat are available electronically at our course bcourses site. Readings not included in both editions of the O’Brien book will be posed electronically. Look for readings in the FILES tool, in the Assigned Course Readings folder, organized in folders for the week they are assigned to be read. Date of Final Thursday, December 17, Deadline for on-line posting of Final Exam Essay. Course Background Welcome to our class in this complicated time of online learning during the covid-19 pandemic. Above all this term, stay healthy and safe! Take the necessary precautions to avoid the virus. Be patient! This plague will pass, although the shape of the world after will be interesting to notice. Not an optimal way of teaching and learning, online instruction can enable us to achieve our goals and cultivate our skills together in a virtual classroom. We will be improvising our approaches as we move ahead, but we will be guided by solid experience and recommendations
2 from technology experts at the Center for Teaching and Learning. Please share your thoughts on best practices with me and your peers! We are all in this together!! This course explores the nature of social action and some of the analytical approaches in interactionist and other schools of social psychology that have been devised to shed light on factors shaping sociologically significant forms of human thinking and action. It seeks to fill in the gaps, sometimes striking, in sociological explanations for events and situations that rely 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 and action of individuals and groups in society.