Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Self and Society
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course opens with an introduction to what is distinctive about how sociology approaches the issue of 'self'. This provides a basis for the lectures that follow, where we examine how different sociological approaches have conceptualised the self. We compare approaches that portray society as something external to us with approaches that focus on the relational and interactional aspects of the self. We also examine a variety of other aspects of the self such as how we make sense of ourselves through narrative, how our selves are always embodied, and the role that the habitual and the unconscious play in our sense of self.
This course unit aims to:
- Introduce students to sociological approaches to the study of self.
- Provide students with a theoretical understanding of the links between self and society.
- Provide students with conceptual tools for studying individuals in society.
On completion of this unit successful students will:
- have knowledge of the interconnections between self and society
- have an appreciation of why and how the individual is important to the study of society
- have conceptual understanding of how 'the social' can be studied through 'the individual'.
Teaching and learning methods
Weekly 2 hour lecture +
Weekly 1 hour tutorial.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
All sociology courses include both formative feedback – which lets you know how you’re getting on and what you could do to improve – and summative feedback – which gives you a mark for your assessed work.
2,000 word essay
2 hour examination
Adams, Matthew (2007) Self and Social Change, London: Sage.
Burkitt, Ian (2008) Social Selves: Theories of Self and Society (2nd ed), London: Sage.
Elliott, Anthony (2001) Concepts of the Self, Cambridge: Polity Press.
Gergen, Kenneth J. (1999) An Invitation to Social Construction, London: Sage. Goffman, Erving (1959) The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.
Mead, G.H. (1934) Mind, Self and Society: From the Standpoint of a Social Behaviourist, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lawler, Steph (2008) Identity: Sociological Perspectives, Cambridge: Polity.
May, V. (2013) Connecting Self to Society: Belonging in a Changing World, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Vanessa May||Unit coordinator|