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