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SOCI213 Concepts of the Self

An introduction to the historical development of ideas about ‘self’. Identifies tensions between perceived agency and cultural conventions or social practices which regulate the self.

SOCI 213 will introduce students to the historical development of ideas about "self", tracing the shift from a subject defined as a rational, autonomous agent to one for whom reality is at least partially socially constructed. Students will examine the tension between notions of perceived agency in self-construction and the impact upon those perceptions of cultural conventions and social practices, which regulate the self. By examining the self in its socio-cultural context, SOCI 213 will provide students with the tools to critically analyse the personal self and social identities as poles in a continuum of possible subjectivities. Students will examine these issues by using case studies, such as youth culture(s), social media and alcohol advertising.

Paper title Concepts of the Self
Paper code SOCI213
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
(SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
Restriction
SOCI 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Lesley Procter
Paper Structure
The paper is 100% internally assessed.
Textbooks
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
  • A critical understanding of the way self and identity are produced and reproduced through social and cultural processes
  • An awareness of historical shifts in how Western societies understand the "self"
  • An understanding of the tensions between perceived agency and the impact of social practices and structures that seek to regulate subjectivity
  • An awareness of the value of an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge about the self
SOCI 213 students will acquire the following habits of lifelong learning:
  • An ability to situate socio-cultural phenomena within an appropriate range of contexts
  • A willingness to integrate theoretical constructs and personal experience of the socio-cultural milieu in which one is situated
  • Habits of independent, versatile thought
SOCI 213 will provide students with opportunities to acquire the following specific and generic skills:
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • The ability to communicate information and concepts effectively both orally and in written forms
  • Research skills in both traditional and technological contexts
Assessment in this paper is specifically tied to the ANZIIL Information Literacy Standards at both a conceptual and practical level. Successful completion of SOCI 213 will mean that students will have met these standards to at least an intermediate level.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

An introduction to the historical development of ideas about ‘self’. Identifies tensions between perceived agency and cultural conventions or social practices which regulate the self.

SOCI 213 will introduce students to the historical development of ideas about "self", tracing the shift from a subject defined as a rational, autonomous agent to one for whom reality is at least partially socially constructed. Students will examine the tension between notions of perceived agency in self-construction and the impact upon those perceptions of cultural conventions and social practices, which regulate the self. By examining the self in its socio-cultural context, SOCI 213 will provide students with the tools to critically analyse the personal self and social identities as poles in a continuum of possible subjectivities. Students will examine these issues by using case studies, such as youth culture(s), social media and alcohol advertising.

Paper title Concepts of the Self
Paper code SOCI213
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
(SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
Restriction
SOCI 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Lesley Procter
Paper Structure
The paper is 100% internally assessed.
Textbooks
To be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the paper students will have achieved the following learning outcomes:
  • A critical understanding of the way self and identity are produced and reproduced through social and cultural processes
  • An awareness of historical shifts in how Western societies understand the self
  • An understanding of the tensions between perceived agency and the impact of social practices and structures that seek to regulate subjectivity
  • An awareness of the value of an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge about the self
SOCI 213 students will acquire the following habits of lifelong learning:
  • An ability to situate socio-cultural phenomena within an appropriate range of contexts
  • A willingness to integrate theoretical constructs and personal experience of the socio-cultural milieu in which one is situated
  • Habits of independent, versatile thought
SOCI 213 will provide students with opportunities to acquire the following specific and generic skills:
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • The ability to communicate information and concepts effectively both orally and in written forms
  • Research skills in both traditional and technological contexts
Assessment in this paper is specifically tied to the ANZIIL Information Literacy Standards at both a conceptual and practical level. Successful completion of SOCI 213 will mean that students will have met these standards to at least an intermediate level.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard