Unit 12: The Social World of College
This unit focuses on the social dimension of college. The social aspects of college enhance the learning that goes on inside the classroom. Navigating the social aspects and student body diversity of college has a large impact on your academic success.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- describe why social interaction is such an important part of the college experience;
- develop new friendships on campus;
- improve your communication skills for social interactions at all levels:
- explain why and how to use online social networking;
- balance your schoolwork and social life;
- resolve conflicts that may occur in your social interactions;
- explain what to do if you experience harassment, including sexual harassment;
- describe the many kinds of student diversity found on college campuses;
- celebrate the benefits of student diversity for all students;
- deal with prejudice and discrimination; and
- assess the value of participating in organized campus groups and activities.
12.1: Assess Your Current Knowledge and Attitudes
Complete the first two sections of Chapter 9, titled "Where Are You Now?" and "Where Do You Want to Go?" which are self-assessment tools. These tools, and the brief section that follows, titled "Social Life, College Life," will help you measure where you are now and identify ways that you can engage in the learning process through interactions both inside and outside the classroom within the diverse society of the college world.
12.2: Getting Along with Others
Read this section. Be sure to complete the checkpoint exercises at the end of the reading.
12.3: Living with Diversity
Read this section. Attempt the "Challenge Your Thinking" and "Journal Entry" activities in the text.
12.4: Campus Groups
Read this section. Attempt the "Explore Your Interests for College Clubs and Organizations" activity.
12.5: Chapter Activities
Complete all the chapter activities, including the "Chapter Review," "Outside the Book," and "Make an Action List" exercises.
Unit 12 Assessment
Now that you have almost completed this course, you likely have had the opportunity to interact with your college instructors and other students. You may have also begun to participate in extracurricular activities, such as campus social clubs, volunteer organizations, intramural sports, cultural events, and other group activities. Inside and outside the classroom, you are gaining experience in communicating with your peers both face-to-face and virtually.
Take a few moments now to reflect on these social relationships and group activities.