Unit 2: Culture, the Socialized Self, and the Individual in Society
In Unit 2 we explore the sociological concerns of culture, social interaction, groups and organizations, deviance and social control, and media and technology. As we explore these sociological areas, we study some common unwritten rules for behavior in our social world. We investigate why social rules are so important to our everyday interactions. For example, what happens when you commit a minor social offense, such as cutting into a line of people, interrupting others, or showing up to meetings consistently late? Our unwritten rules (normative behaviors) do allow these kinds of deviance. without provoking a reaction.
Finally, we explore how technology affects our social interactions and deviant behavior. For example, Facebook, a virtual interactive world, has impacted our social thinking. The word "friend" is now a verb, we "like" something, and we can bridge our lives and experiences with hundreds of other users from around the world in seconds.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 10 hours.