As an introductory course in microsociology, this course looks closely at social interaction, rather than focusing on the abstractions of social structure examined by most macrosociology courses. We will go "inside social life" to explore the ways that people create, make sense of, reproduce, and/or challenge the meaning and experience of everyday life. We will use a theoretical perspective known as symbolic interactionism, which views humans as continually engaged in the process of seeking and creating meaning through interaction with others. Our starting point will be the social construction of "the self." However, we move on through the course, we will give increasing attention to the ways that individual action both shapes and is shaped by social contexts and institutional structures. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to provoke thought about what we take for granted as "natural" about the social order of everyday life, in order that we may think more critically about the ways our own social interactions both reinforce and challenge the cultural practices and social institutions that constrain those very interactions.
The University of North Carolina is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033; (404) 679-4500; www.sacscoc.org).
UNC Kenan-Flagler is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
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Distance courses are offered online and via correspondence.
Computer, e-mail, Internet Access, Minimum requirements: 266 MHz processor (PC or Mac), 266 MHz processor (PC or Macintosh), Memory: 64 megabytes RAM, Browser: Mozilla 1.5, Internet Explorer 5, or Netscape 6, Modem: 33,600 baud
There are no geographic restrictions.
Campus attendance is not required, however in some courses the final exam must be taken under supervision at an accredited institution of higher education or other appropriate institutional setting.
Carolina Courses Online and Self-paced Courses are open to anyone regardless of whether the individual is enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. Admission to UNC-Chapel Hill is not required, but you should be at least a high school senior.