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.
About this paper
|Concepts of the Self
|Semester 2 (On campus)
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- (SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Lesley Procter
- Paper Structure
- The paper is 100% internally assessed.
- To be advised.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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- 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
- 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
- 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