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Andrea Reisman
SOC 240
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Social Psychology

Introduction to social psychology with an emphasis on sociological perspectives and problems.

Class description

In this course we will will focus on how micro-mechanisms affect macro-level sociological phenomena through some basic concepts in social-psychology. We will focus on a few core social-psych principles combined with the perspective of symbolic interactionism to understand how individuals experiences can be evidence of and, in some cases, contributors to larger systems of inequality. We will focus on race, class, and gender as macro-level structures of inequality that have grounding in micro-level interactions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

We will have regular micro-quizzes (3-5 questions assessing understanding of class and homework materials), a mid-length paper (draft and final), and a final project. No large exams or tests.

Grades will be assigned based on highest 15 (of about 18) quiz grades, rough draft paper, final version of the paper, final project, and participation. Students are expected to be active contributors to the class and to come prepared by having done the homework readings.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea Reisman
Date: 02/04/2014