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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Social Psychology - JSB551
Title: Social Psychology
Czech title: Sociální psychologie
Guaranteed by: Department of Sociology (23-KS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2018
Semester: winter
Points: 6
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: winter s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 25 / 25 (30)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Angel Hoekstra, Dr.
Teacher(s): Angel Hoekstra, Dr.
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download SocPsych Syllabus Fall 2019.pdf Course Components in Detail Jana Vojanová
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Last update: Jana Vojanová (25.10.2019)

Course Grade Composition


In-Class Quizzes (3)                                                                                300

Brief, to assess comprehension and application ability

Final Exam: Complete 2 essay questions from 4 options                             100

Response Paper: Introductory Letter to Instructor                                      20

Written assessment of progress - community learning goals                        20

Attendance & Participation Score                                                               60


Total possible points                                                                               500


Grade Point Breakdown

A – 91% or higher =      455+ /500

B – 81-90% =              405-455 /500

C – 71-80% =              355-404 /500

D – 61-70% =              305-354 /500

E – 51-60% =              255-304 /500

F – 0-50% =                254 – 0 /500


Last update: Jana Vojanová (25.10.2019)

Reading Materials                                             sent by email each week

 TEXTBOOK: Shulman, David and John P. Hewitt, 2009. 11th edition.

     Self and Society: A Symbolic Interactionist Social Psychology.

            Abbreviation for reading calendar:  S&S

 Becker, Howard. 1953. “Becoming a Marihuana User.” Selected reading.

 Goffman, Erving. 1959. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.

    Note: You can purchase this book in Czech or in another language online if you like.

 Holstein and Gubrium, “Formulating a Social Self.” 1999.

    Chapter 2 from, The self we live by: Narrative identity in a postmodern world.


Last update: Jana Vojanová (25.10.2019)


Important Dates


Response Paper (Letter to Instructor):    October 10


Quiz 1: October 24


Quiz 2: November 7


Quiz 3: December 5                


Learning Goal Evaluation, completed in class on: November 21 


Final Exam (set of two typed essays) due in class on: December 19           


In the event you are in need of additional time to complete the final exam due to illness, a family concern, or some other item, please discuss with me so we can make arrangements for completion in January.

Self in Society – Course Calendar, Fall 2019 

Note: The dates given for the required readings indicate the date by which the readings should be completed; you should read the material before you come to class. 


Oct 3, 2019



First day of class:   Introductions, Syllabus, Learning goals,

                                Lecture - Basic Concepts in Sociology    


Oct 10, 2019



Lecture: Introduction to Selfhood, Part 1:

     “What is the Self?” & Intro. to Social Construction theory

        Reading:  S & S (Shulman & Hewitt textbook)

                      Chapter 1: pgs. 1-9

      Response Paper Due  (Introductory Letter to Instructor) 


Oct 17, 2019



Lecture: Introduction to Selfhood, Part 2:

          Basics of Social Psychology; Intro. to Symbolic Interactionism

      Reading:  S & S (Shulman & Hewitt textbook)

                      Chapter 1: pgs. 22-30      


Oct 24, 2019



QUIZ 1: Introductory concepts


Lecture: Basic Concepts of Symbolic Interactionism, PT I: Symbols

     History of Identity Development in Europe, North America

         Film clip analysis - Sense and Sensibility         

     Reading:  S & S (Shulman & Hewitt textbook: Symbols)

                      Chapter 2: pgs. 35-48 


Oct 31, 2019



Lecture: Basic Concepts of Symbolic Interactionism, PT II: Objects

    Lecture on the Performance of Self & Objects - Cell Phone Exercise

      Reading:  S & S (Shulman & Hewitt textbook: Objects)

                      Chapter 2: pgs. 48-69        A – Bring st, tape for activity 


Nov 7, 2019



QUIZ 2: Self, Symbols, Objects, Roles

   Lecture: Presentation of Self in Everyday Life: Goffman, Introduction

        Writing workshop

      Reading:  Erving Goffman, Pres. of Self, pgs. 1-16 


Nov 14, 2019



Small Group Discussions: Goffman, Idealization

    Each student comes prepared with 2 discussion Qs on the material

      Reading:  Erving Goffman, Pres. of Self, pgs. 34-51   


Nov 21, 2019



Small Group Discussions: Goffman, Teams

    Each student comes prepared with 2 discussion Qs on the material

     Learning Goal Evaluations,completed in class

       Reading:  Erving Goffman, Pres. of Self, pgs. 77-105 


Nov 28, 2019



Lecture: Self, the Physical Body, Deviance & Drug Use

     Considering effects of beverage alcohol and marijuana use for selfhood


    Reading:  Becker, “Becoming a MJ User” 


Dec 5, 2019



QUIZ 3: Key Concepts – Goffman readings, Deviance lecture notes

    Film clip analysis – GATTACA clip 


Dec 12, 2019



Lecture: Review of what we have learned, remaining questions


    Reading:  Holstein and Gubrium, review of theories of social self

 Final Exam packet in class:  Choose 2 essay questions from 4 response options, complete at home, submit in class in printed form on December 19  


Dec 19, 2019



Course wrap up:  Small-group & then large-group discussions of what we have learned about social psychology, language, body, & theories of self

 Final Exam Due:  Submit printed copy of your responses in class 

This course is designed to explore one branch of social psychological theories in depth - symbolic interactionism. Theories written in this tradition represent just one of many approaches within the discipline of sociology designed to explore relationships between the individual and society.  If you enjoy this course and are interested in learning more about other social psychological theories, you might explore the following: social representations theory, experimental approaches, rational-choice actions theories, community social psychology, cognitive social psychology, or applied social psychology.


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