Self and Society
A course in the psychology of the social...
and the sociology of the personal.

SOCI 275 (Fall and Winter: 6 credits).
Evenings, once per week.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Concordia University (Montreal)

This course is designed to provide you with an interdisciplinary understanding of a topic which continues to fascinate sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists and political theorists: the relationships between individuals and the social environments in which they live. The study of the mutually-influential interactions between Self and Society help explain: (1) the impact of one individual on another individual, (2) the impact of a group on its individual members, (3) the impact of individual members on their group, and, (4) the impact of groups on one another. Such an understanding of the processes which link the priorities of individuals with those of the social systems into which they are socialized helps explain social phenomenon as varied as: social problems, social norms and values, moral and political change, identity politics, organizational practices, and interpersonal and cross-cultural conflict. The study of human behavior embedded in this course will be of value to students in a variety of academic areas...including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology and social work, corporate management, public administration, history, philosophy, and law. A vital module of the course is a study of the causes of conflicts in personal, local, national and international settings...and the means available for conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

The teaching tools used in this course include text, video, and web resources. Regular attendance is a vital requirement of the course, so prospective students are asked that they ensure their schedules will permit their full participation.

Offered by:
D.Phil. (Ph.D.) University of Sussex
Research Fellow of the:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Concordia University
Scholarly and Research Activities:
Civility, courtesy and citizenship; self, socialization and society;
social change and historical sociology; social and political theory; social problems; sociology of intimate
relationships and families; globalization, cross-cultural and civilizational sociology.

No man is an island...
John Donne

Some of the topics covered during this course.
(Include text, video and internet).

Understanding Process Sociology and Self-Society Studies
Cross-cultural Views of the Socialization Process
Theoretical Perspectives in Studies of Human Society and Interaction
Subjective Interactionism
The Role of Symbols in Human Society
Taking on the Role of the Other and Socialization
The Presentation of Self

Social Beliefs and Judgments
Behaviors and Attitudes
Gender and Culture
Group Influence
Prejudice and Dislike of Others
Aggression and Violence
Altruism and Helping Others
Attraction, Intimacy and Love
The Role of Pride and Shame in Personal Relationships
Individualism and Communalism
Conflict and Peacemaking
The Role of Emotions in Interactions
Identity Politics and Group Relations
Cross-cultural and Cross-civilizational Conflict
The Role of Pride and Shame and Social Injustice in International Conflict
Globalization and Its Effects on Personal and Group Identity
Self, Society and Social Problems
Special Additional Topics:
Courtesy and Civility
Interaction and Corporate Management
Ethnic and Religious Conflicts


Self and Society Course Outline and Required Readings

Herbert Mead on 'Self and Society'

Erving Goffman's 'The Presentation of Self in EverydayLife'

Charles Horton Cooley's 'The Looking Glass Self'

Self and Society Web Resources

Institute of Globalization and Civilizational Sociology Website

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