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Course Details

Course Code: HUMN571 Course ID: 3522 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course continues the study of the development of the individual in modern society. Readings for this course include: William James, Varieties of Religious Experience; Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of Religious Life; Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism; Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents; Erik Erikson, Childhood and Society; Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Examine the major contemporary thought and themes dealing with individuals in relation to their social world through the reading of primary sources (CO1)
  • Identify the major contemporary works in their contexts (CO2)
  • Analyze the significant ways that these works reflect or represent those contexts (CO3)
  • Discuss the common psychosocial forces that shape the psyche (CO4)
  • Evaluate the constellation of American cultural traditions and analyze and critique sociological dimensions of the individual in American life (CO5)

Forum Assignments – see classroom for details. Be sure to read each forum assignment as directions vary each week. Homework Assignments – see classroom for details

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Introduction Forum 4.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 3 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6a Forum 4.00 %
Week 6b Forum 4.00 %
Week 7 Forum 4.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Week 2: James Essay 18.00 %
Week 4: Durkheim Essay 18.00 %
Week 7: Habits of the Heart 18.00 %
Week 8: Reading Report 6.00 %


Book Title


Gerth, H. & Mills, W.

From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology

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Oxford University Press, 1946.

Mead, M.

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

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Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.

Bellah, R., et. al.

Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

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University of California Press, 1996.

James, W.

Varieties of Religious Experience

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Project Gutenberg, 2

Durkheim, E.

Elementary Forms of Religious Life

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The Free Press, 1995.

Book Title:Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (This title is recommended, but not required for the course.)
Publication Info:University of California Press
Unit Cost:$29.95
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.