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Self and Society
SELF & SOCIETY
CLASS CODE: SOC 451 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT: SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to explore the social bases of self-concept and definition. The social nature of the SELF is key to self-understanding and adoption to the social world of which we are all ultimately a part. The imprint of socialization, e.g. (the process whereby individuals learn and internalize their attitudes, values, and behaviors to function as social beings and responsive participating members of society), ensures that the individual will develop an identity, or self.
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to explore the social bases of self-concept and definition. The social nature of the SELF is key to self-understanding and adoption to the social world of which we are all ultimately a part. The imprint of socialization, e.g. (the process whereby individuals learn and internalize their attitudes, values, and behaviors to function as social beings and responsive participating members of society), ensures that the individual will develop an identity, or self.
TOPICS:
OBJECTIVES: a. Develop an appreciation for and theoretical background relative to the social nature of the self. The student will become acquainted with the sociological theory of symbolic interaction as it describes and explains the social self. Other social psychological theories such as learning theory, and social exchange theory will also be introduced.
b. Assist the student interested in the study of the social self to explore how society and culture shape and constrain the self and social conduct. Basic social institutions eg (family, religion,education, economy and politics will be explored to see how their interactional influence affects individuals self-image and adaption to satisfactory psycho-social functioning within society.
c. To introduce several theories of self-understanding and change, which if the student desires can be used to discover, clarify, or change self-image and esteem.
REQUIREMENTS:
PREREQUISITES: Soc 111
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001