Course: Sociology 410 (Socialization)
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
Grise Hall 134
Instructor: Dr. Steve Groce
Office: 131 Grise Hall
There is no text book for this course. Reading material comes in the form of articles online at my web page. Follow the course outline to know which articles you need to read for which class meetings.
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In some ways socialization may be considered the foundational course in sociology. It is our discipline's contribution to the "nature-nurture" debate. I want students to come away from this course with a deep appreciation for the countless ways in which the external--society, culture, language, interaction with others--constantly molds, shapes, and influences everything from how we learn to fit into society (norms, roles), to how we behave in the presence of others (language, social interaction), to how we come to think about ourselves as unique human beings (self, identity, gender identity), and finally, to how we feel in different social situations as we interact with others (emotion). In short, this course focuses on how the social DNA surrounding us at every turn affects us over the entire course of our lives--from the very moment we are born until we are no longer counted among the living.
I have no set attendance policy. I do, however, expect to see you in class each time because much of our effort will be devoted to material not included in the
assigned readings. You will be responsible for all material we cover on the exams.
I assign grades based on: 1) three in-class exams; 2) a journal in which you write (at least three times a week) about your thoughts on the socialization process, your sense of self and identity, things you observe in the world around you that tell us something about socialization, the assigned readings, our class discussions, etc. (Bring journals to each class meeting to aid discussions); and 3) a number of unannounced in-class quizzes.
I expect you to take exams and turn in journals on the days designated in this syllabus. I accept only legitimate, documented excuses. In all other cases I will deduct one letter grade for each day your journal is late. You MUST turn in hard copies of your journals. I will NOT accept journals emailed to me (the Sociology Department does not have sufficient resources to act as your personal printing service—which it would, in effect, become if I had to print out your journals in my office).
I grade on the standard ten-point scale (90-100=A, 80-89=B, etc.). You will have four major grades this semester, all of which carry the same weight--the three exams, plus the average of your three journal grades. You will have one minor grade--the overall grade on pop quizzes. The four major grades count two and one-half times more than the minor grade in the determination of your final grade.
Note: In order for us to get maximum benefit from this class, you will need to collect some materials from your past. These materials include pictures of you when you were a small child, favorite toys/books that you enjoyed when you were little, board games you played as a child, and at least one high school yearbook (senior year, preferably). You will need to bring these materials to class as specified below.
My office in 131 Grise Hall. My office hours are 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Mondays. If these times are not convenient for you, just call me at the office or e-mail me and we'll schedule an appointment.
Students With Disabilities:
In compliance with university
policy, students with disabilities who require accommodations (academic
adjustments and/or auxiliary aids or services) for this course must contact the
Office for Student Disability Services in DUC A-200 of the
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Jan. 22 Introduction
Jan. 24 Basic concepts of socialization; Culture and the socialization process
Readings: Zerubavel, "The Social Lens"
Arnett, “Broad and Narrow Socialization. . .”
Jan. 29 Theories of socialization: Freud, Erikson, Piaget
Jan. 31 Theories of socialization: Bandura, Durkheim
Feb. 5 Theories of socialization: symbolic interactionism; film
Readings: Becker, "Symbols and Minds"
Berger and Luckmann, "Everyday Life and Social Reality"
Feb. 7 Theories of socialization: symbolic interactionism; film
Readings: Thomas, "The Definition of the Situation"
Cooley, "The Self as Sentiment and Reflection"
Feb. 12 Theories of socialization: George Herbert Mead, reference groups
Reading: Shibutani, "Reference Groups as Perspectives"
Feb. 14 Theories of socialization: Chicago and Iowa symbolic interactionism
Readings: Zhao, “The Digital Self. . .”
Stein, “Getting Away From It All. . .”
Feb. 19 Language, symbols, and emotions
Readings: Hochschild, "Emotion Work and Feeling Rules"
Nenga, “Social Class and Structures of Feeling. . .”
Review for exam; turn in journals
Feb. 21 Exam #1
Feb. 26 Childhood socialization; film; return exams
Reading: Davis, "Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation"
Feb. 28 Childhood socialization; film; assign pictures and toys
Readings: Cahill, "Children's Socialization to Civility"
Fine, "Culture Creation and Diffusion. . ."
Mar. 5 Childhood socialization: Gender and sexuality; pictures and toys exercise;
Readings: Cahill, "Language Practices and Self-Definition"
Thorne, "Borderwork Among Girls and Boys"
Thorne and Luria, "Sexuality and Gender in Children's. . ."
Mar. 7 Childhood socialization; games exercise; assign yearbooks
Readings: Myers and Raymond, “Elementary School Girls and
Goldstein and Oldham, "A Child's Eye View of Work"
Ausdale and Feagin, “Young Children’s Racial and Ethnic
Definitions of Self”
Mar. 11-15 No Class (Spring Break)
Mar. 19 Adolescent socialization; yearbooks exercise
Readings: Simon, Eder, and Evans, "The Development of Feeling. . ."
Orenstein, "Fear of Falling: Sluts"
Milkie, “Media Images’ Influence on Adolescent Girls. . .”
Mar. 21 Adolescent socialization; film
Reading: Chaplin and John, “Growing Up in a Material World. . .”
Best, “Parents, Kids, and Cars”
Hoffner, Levine and Toohey, “Socialization to Work in Late
Adolescence. . .”
Mar. 26 Adolescent socialization; film
Mar. 28 Adolescent socialization; film
Apr. 2 Adolescent socialization
Karp, Holstrom, and Gray, "Leaving Home for College. . ."
Allen, et al., “Agency and Error in Young Adults’ Stories of
Sexual Decision Making”
Hamilton and Armstrong, “Gendered Sexuality in Young
Adult socialization: language, scripts
Apr. 4 Adult socialization
Readings: Berger and Kellner, "Marriage and the Construction of. . ."
Doering, “Face, Accounts, . . .in Relationship Breakups”
Vaughan, "Uncoupling: The Social Construction of Divorce"
Apr. 9 Adult socialization; Turn in journals; review for exam
Readings: Carpenter, “Gendered Sexuality Over the Life Course”
Small, “Material Memories Ethnography. . .”
Apr. 11 Exam #2
Apr. 16 Agents of socialization: Family; Return exams
Readings: Shinn and O’Brien, "Parent-Child Conversational Styles. . ."
Gorman, “Social Class and Parental Attitudes toward Education”
Elliott, “Parents’ Construction of Teen Sexuality. . .”
Apr. 18 Agents of socialization: Peer groups; film
Reading: Wooten, “From Labeling Possessions to Possessing Labels. . .”
Faith et al., “Recalled Childhood Teasing. . .”
Apr. 23 Agents of socialization: Peer groups; film
Reading: Stuber, Klugman and Daniel, “Gender, Social Class, and Exclusion:
Collegiate Peer Cultures and Social Reproduction”
Apr. 25 Agents of socialization: Education
Readings: Kapferer, “Socialization and the Symbolic Order of the School”
Rosenthal and Jacobson, "Pygmalion in the Classroom. . ."
Schafer, Olexa and Polk, "Programmed for Social Class. . ."
Apr. 30 Agents of socialization: Mass Media; film
Readings: Ryan and Wentworth, "Mass Media Effects I: Individual. . ."
Ryan and Wentworth, "Mass Media Effects II: Societal. .
May 2 Agents of socialization: Total institutions
Readings: Zurcher, "Navy Boot Camp: Role Assimilation. . ."
Dyer, "Anybody's Son Will Do"
Schmid and Jones, "Suspended Identity. . ."
Turn in journals; review for exam
Final Exam: Thursday, May 9, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
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