A Space for Questions:

Please feel free to use this space to ask questions about the course material. Ask questions or forward your position on the theories, perspectives, methodologies, and approaches that have been covered in this class. You can ask questions about the midterm exam, the final paper, or anything related to self and society. Note: It is my hope that this space will be student led. If needed, I will join the conversation for clarity on any given topic, but only if necessary.






7 responses to “A Space for Questions:”

  1. lifeisbeautiful1619 Avatar

    Hi class! I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday!

    I’ve been looking into the final paper since we must declare our type of paper by March 24. I was planning on doing a compare and contrast paper on symbolic interactionism and social structure and personality since this topic really interested me in the reading. Although this is the approach I’m aiming for, I am interested in hearing what other students are planning and prepping for the paper. Is there anyone willing to share their topics in hopes it will spark something for others? Also, how are you all preparing for the paper? Are you doing it in sections throughout the semester and if so, how is that process going so far?


    1. krmoy Avatar

      Hey there! Although I have not finalized the topic of my paper, I have been going video by video and writing down key points that I am 100% understand with some lingering questions. This could build your paper (especially compare and contrast) in order to thoroughly project understanding. Maybe start by making a “T” chart and listing what you already know. Then, fill in the gaps or blanks with possible examples or further into a specific topic you are interested in! Hope this helps 🙂


  2. lifeisbeautiful1619 Avatar

    Based on the three theories of “self” that we learned from James, Cooley, and Mead, which one makes the most sense to you? Personally, I feel that I understand Cooley’s idea of the “looking-glass self” the most because it is straight to the point. The theory emphasizes that the image we have of ourselves is based on how we believe others perceive us. I feel that Mead’s theory adds to Cooley’s theory but takes it a step further. How would you explain Mead’s theory in a short and sweet sentence while still differentiating it from Cooley’s? I learn best by pulling out keywords and applying them to the topic but struggled to do that will Mead. If you have anyone ways to remember Mead’s theory, feel free to share!


    1. krmoy Avatar

      I am also having a hard time with this, right there with you!


  3. lifeisbeautiful1619 Avatar

    In the lecture 2 video, one of the midterm questions was, “Zussman writes: “The self is a language in which various parties articulate visions of what is good and right.” Which of the following provides the best interpretation of this claim?” Based on my notes, I wrote that the concept of self has been used to associate a sense of morality with the intrinsic characteristics of a person. It is used as a tool for social criticism and social control. In simple terms, Zussman bases the self on morality. I wanted to share this with the class cause I did have some trouble understanding it at first and want to ensure that other students don’t feel the same way. If anyone else felt the same way at first, what did you do to help your understanding? If you have any ideas you would like to share or point out other key points about Zussman, feel free to respond in the comment section.


  4. krmoy Avatar

    Hello class!
    When touching on the ideas of Mead versus Cooley and James, what are some key words that help you point out the differences without having to look back at notes? I am having a hard time figuring out specific examples or phrases that I can remember in order to improve memory for the exam. Any advice? Thank you!


  5. krmoy Avatar

    Goodmorning everyone!
    Can someone explain to me more about Cooley’s thought of “looking glass self” and the components? I am having difficulty putting it into my own words for better understanding.


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