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SOCI213 - Society, Interaction, and the Individual

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI213 Course ID: 4381 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course surveys sociological theories and research on the relationship between the individual and society. It is a sociological approach to social psychology, emphasizing symbolic interactionism and social constructionism. Students will learn how individuals participate in the construction of society through interaction and the impact of cultures and social structure on our everyday lives including individual behavior in group processes. Core topics covered will include the Social Construction of Reality, Ethnography and other key methods in Symbolic Interactionism; the Self in Context; the Sociology of Emotions; Interaction and inequality.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:

CO1: Differentiate between micro and macro levels of analysis
CO2: Describe how individuals contribute to the construction and maintenance of society
CO3: Explain the ‘self’ as a key concept in interaction and socialization
CO4: Identify social psychological sources of and consequences of structural inequality
CO5: Compare and contrast key social psychological theories including Symbolic Interactionism, Exchange Theory, and Micro-structural Sociology as tools for analysis in varied areas of social life
CO6: Analyze interpersonal interaction from a variety of social psychological frameworks including dramaturgy, ethnomethodology and exchange approach
CO7: Critically evaluate sociological research and theories on how larger structural conditions impact the individual, emphasizing issues of race, class, and gender.
CO8: Apply concepts and theories to analysis of field observations, interviews, and archives

Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:
Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.67 %
Week 2 Forum 6.67 %
Week 3 Forum 6.67 %
Week 4 Forum 6.67 %
Week 6 Forum 6.67 %
Week 8 Forum 6.67 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: The Day of Compassion 30.00 %
Assignment 2: Analysis of Social Proverbs 30.00 %

APA formatted reference for our textbook:

DeLamater, J.D., Myers, D.J., and Collett, J.L. (2015). Social Psychology (8th ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

To access the DeLamater, Myers, and Collett e-book, go to Lessons>Course Materials>Required Reading and Resources.


Week 1

Oldmeadow, J.A., Platow, M.J., Foddy, M. and Anderson, D. (2003). Self- categorization, status, and social influence. Social Psychology Quarterly, 66(2), 138-152. Retrieved from

Week 2

Cast, A. D. (2003). Power and the ability to define the situation. Social Psychology Quarterly, 66(3), 185-201. Retrieved from

Week 3

Carter, P.L. (2006). Straddling boundaries: Identity, culture, and school. Sociology of Education, 79(4), 304-328. Retrieved from

Wacquant, L. (2009). Urban Desolation and Symbolic Denigration in the Hypergetto. Social Psychology Quarterly, 73(3), 215-219. Retrieved from

Week 4

Adler, P.A. and Adler P. (1989). The gloried self: The aggrandizement and the constriction of self. Social Psychology Quarterly, 52(4), 299-310. Retrieved from

Khanna, N. and Johnson, C. (2010). Passing as Black: Racial identity work among Biracial Americans. Social Psychology Quarterly, 73(4), 380-397. Retrieved from

Week 5

Crosnoe, R. & Elder Jr., G. H. (2002). Successful adaptation in the later years: A life course approach to aging. Social Psychology Quarterly, 65(4), 309-328. Retrieved from

Week 6

Marcussen, K. (2005). Explaining differences in mental health between married and cohabiting individuals. Social Psychology Quarterly, 68(3), 239-257. Retrieved from

Zimmerman, G.M. and Messner, S.F. (2010). Neighborhood context and the gender gap in adolescent violent crime. American Sociological Review, 75(6), 958-980. Retrieved from

Week 7

Hochschild, A.R. (1979). Emotion work, feeling rules, and social structure. American Journal of Sociology, 85(3), 551-575. Retrieved from

Orzechowicz, D. (2008). Privileged emotion managers: The case of actors. Social Psychology Quarterly, 71(2), 143-156. Retrieved from

Sharp, S. (2010). How does prayer help manage emotions? Social Psychology Quarterly, 73(4), 417-437. Retrieved from

Week 8

Altheide, D.L. and Grimes, J.N. (2005). War programming: The propaganda project and the Iraq War. The Sociological Quarterly, 46(4), 617-643. Retrieved from

Schwartz, B. (2009). Collective forgetting and the symbolic power of oneness: The strange apotheosis of Rosa Parks. Social Psychology Quarterly, 72(2), 123-142. Retrieved from

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Social Psychology, 8th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section
Publication Info:Westview Press
Unit Cost:$88.42

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.