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Week One Notes SOCIOL105-SEC01

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Sociology 105: Self, Society, and Interpersonal Relations
Richard Tessler

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Intro to course, social psychology, and intro to role theory.
Sociology 105: Self, Society, and Interpersonal Relations
Richard Tessler
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Brianna on Thursday February 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to SOCIOL105-SEC01 at University of Massachusetts taught by Richard Tessler in Spring2015. Since its upload, it has received 69 views. For similar materials see Sociology 105: Self, Society, and Interpersonal Relations in Sociology at University of Massachusetts.

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Date Created: 02/12/15
January 20 2015 Sociology 105 Self Society and Interpersonal Relationships Sociological Social Psychology the systematic study of people s thoughts feelings and behaviors in social contexts Sociology scientific study of society 0 Family education workplace church politics crime culture internet etc Psychology scientific study of individuals 0 Motivation learning emotions personality abnormal behavior the brain Social psychology combines elements of both sociology and psychology Most definitions of social psychology emphasize social in uence 0 How individuals in uence and are in uenced by others 0 Concept of linked lives Social psychology is an attempt to understand and explain how the thoughts feelings and behaviors of individuals are in uenced by the actual imagined or implied presence of other people Out of sight does not equal out of mind Analyzing social psychology Processes of social in uence occur at different levels of analysis 0 Individual level impact of individuals on other individuals 0 Group level impact of individual on group impact of group on individual Social science Social psychology takes an investigative and scientific stance toward knowledge Seeks to describe explain and predict human social behavior January 22 2015 Thinking Social Psychologically Social Psychology is also ProblemOrientated Research in social psychology often addresses social problems and finding solutions to them Example UrbanRural divide in china 0 Believe that if you mingled schools with rural and urban children that the education for rural children would improve This didn t work because the divide was already too strong and the education at that age was already way too different Theoretical Perspectives Ways of analyzing and making sense out of individual behavior in complex social situations What to look for O Assumptions about human nature 0 Key concepts 0 Propositions casual statements about Why forces shape behavior 0 Limitations all theories are limited by being overgeneralizations of reality Role Theory Attempts to explain the interactions between individuals by focusing on the roles that they play 0 Imagine society or specific situations as one big play I Cast of characters audition or not I Script I Evaluation is based on role performance 0 Social role more than a label I Ever role has a set of behavioral expectations associated With it 0 Propositions I Behavior is shaped by role expectations in general role expectations are functional for social interaction they provide structure and predictability Example classroom roles O The existence of these roles student teacher TA etc facilitates social interactions by reducing uncertainty 0 They also promote the goals of the group


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