SOC-325 Social Interaction and Microsociology

Sociology is the study of society and social interaction. "Macrosociology" refers to the former, and "microsociology" refers to the latter. In this course, we will consider (1) what drives social interaction, (2) what makes interactions more or less successful, and (3) how small-scale social interactions impact large-scale social phenomena. Students will engage with the work of sociologists such as Georg Simmel, G.H. Mead, and Thomas Scheff. Special emphasis will be placed on the work of Erving Goffman as students examine in detail the dynamics of conformity and deviance. The course will culminate in a project where students observe and analyze social interactions in the local community.


3 credits