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Author: Jessica Collett
Course calendar for introduction to social psychology

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Class Topic Reading
 1  Introduction No reading
 2 Sociological Social Psychology Selection from Berger, Peter. 1963. An Invitation to Sociology. New York: Anchor Books.

LaBeff, Emily E., Robert E. Clark, Valerie J. Haines, and George M. Diekhoff. 1990. "Situational Ethics and College Student Cheating." Sociological Inquiry 60:190-197. [abstract]
 3  The Three Faces of Social Psychology  Selection from Thorne, Barrie. 1986. "Girls and Boys Together... But Mostly Apart." Pp 167-184 in Relationships and Development, edited by Willard W. Hartup and Zack Rubin. Hillsdale, N.J.: L.Erlbaum Associates.
 4 Social Construction of Reality  Selections from Zerubavel, Eviatar. 1991. The Fine Line: Making Distinctions in Everyday Life. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
 5 Critical Thinking  Selection from Reinarman, Craig and Harry G. Levine. 1997. Crack in America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press
 6 Research Methods  Selection from Lovaglia, Michael J. "From Summer Camps to Glass Ceilings: The Power of Experiments." Contexts 2:42-49.  [link]

Selection from Schuman, Howard. 2002. "Sense and Nonsense about Surveys." Contexts 1:40-47. [link]

Selection from Adler, Patricia A. and Peter Adler. 1985. "The Promise and Pitfalls of Going into the Field." Pp. 11-28 in Wheeling and Dealing, edited by Patricia Adler.  New York: Columbia University Press.
 7  Social Construction of Self  Selection from Cooley, Charles Horton. 1902. "The Looking-Glass Self." Human Nature and the Social Order.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Selection from Van Ausdale, Debra and Joe R. Feagin. The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
 8 Childhood Socialization Selection from Cahill, Spencer E. "Fashioning Males and Females: Appearance Management and the Social Reproduction of Gender." Symbolic Interaction, 12: 281-298.  [abstract]
 9 Ongoing Socialization  Selection from Dyer, Gwynne.  1987.  War.  New York: Crown Publishing. 
 10 Identity and Self Concept  Selection from Mead, George Herbert. 1934. Mind, Self, and Society.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
 11  Self-Esteem Selection from Milkie, Melissa. 1999. "Social Comparisons, Reflected Appraisals, and Mass Media: The Impact of Pervasive Beauty Images on Black and White Girls' Self-Concepts." Social Psychology Quarterly. 67:190-210. [link]
 12 Exam I  No Assigned Reading 
 13 Definition of the Situation  Hollander, Jocelyn. 1998. "Doing Studs: The Performance of Gender and Sexuality on Late-Night Television." Pp. 43-71 in Everyday Inequalities: Critical Inquiries, edited by Jodi O'Brien and Judith A. Howard. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell.
 14 Impression Management  Selection from Cahill, Spencer E., et al. 1985. Meanwhile Backstage. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 14:33-58. [Abstract]
 15 Schemas and Stereotypes  Rosenhan, D. L. 1973. "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Science 179:250-258. [abstract]
 16 Attributions  Guimond, Serge, Guy Begin and Douglas L. Palmer. 1989. "Education and Causal Attributions: The Development of "Person-Blame" and "System-Blame" Ideology." Social Psychology Quarterly 52:126-140. [link]
 17 Embarrassment  Selection from Goffman, Erving. 1967. Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior. New York, NY: Anchor Books.
 18 Conversational Structure  Selection from Tannen, Deborah. 1990. You Just Don't Understand: Men and Women in Conversation. New York: Ballantine Books.

Holtgraves, Thomas. 2004. "Conversational Structure." Pp. 190-201 in Inside Social Life: Readings in Sociological Psychology and Microsociology, edited by Spencer E. Cahill.  Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Company. 
 19 Nonverbal Communication  Selection from Hall, Edward T. and Mildred R. Hall. 2003. "The Sounds of Silence" Pp. 100-109 in Down to Earth Sociology, edited by James M. Henslin. New York: Free Press. 
 20 Attraction and Relationships  Selection from Michael, Robert T., John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata. 1994.  Sex in America: A Definitive Survey.  Boston, MA: Little, Brown.
 21 Exam II  No Assigned Reading 
 22  Childhood Selection from Chambliss, William J. 1973. "The Saints and the Roughnecks." Society 11:24-31. [link]

Eder, Donna. 2003. "On Becoming Female: Lessons Learned in School." Pp. 155-161 in Down to Earth Sociology, edited by James M. Henslin. New York: Free Press.
 23 Growing Up  Selection from Schor, Juliet B. 2004. Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture.  New York, NY: Scribner.
 24 Social Groups

Selection from Adler, Patricia and Peter Adler. 1998. Peer Power: Preadolescent Culture and Identity. Pp. 56-69. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Selection from Simmel, Georg. 1950. The Sociology of Georg Simmel.  Translated and Edited by Kurt H. Wolff. New York: The Free Press. 

Selection from Milgram, Stanley. 1963. "Behavioral Study of Obedience." Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology 67:371-378. [link]
 25 College  Selection from Karp, David, Lynda Lytle Holstrom and Paul S. Gray. 1998. "Leaving Home for College: Expectations for Selective Reconstruction of Self." Symbolic Interaction 21:253-265.  [abstract]
 26 Working  Selection from Hochschild, Arlie Russell. 1983. The Managed Heart: Performing Emotional Labor in the Modern Economy. Pp. 3-23. Berkeley: University of California Press. 
 27 Family  Collett, Jessica L. 2005. "What Kind of Mother Am I? Impression Management and the Social Construction of Motherhood." Symbolic Interaction 28:327-47. [abstract]
 28 Exam III  No Assigned Readings 

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