ASOK15210U  Culture-Cognition Interaction in Self- and Identity

Volume 2015/2016
Education

MA Theory and Methods (MSc Curriculum 2015)
MA theory course (MSc Curriculum 2005)

Culture, lifestyle and everyday life

 

 

Content

This course introduces students to cutting edge culture-cognition interaction research from the growing subdiscipline cognitive cultural sociology. Cognitive sociology is a highly interdisciplinary approach to how culture and cognition interact, with each other, with behavior and with larger social processes and organization. The course draws heavily on related disciplines such as cognitive anthropology, cognitive-, cultural- and social psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience to give students insight into how these fields overlap and can be used together to make sense of human behavior. The course provides a general introduction to these areas with a focus on examples of self and identity construction. The following topics will be discussed:

• A framework for how culture and cognition interacts, and shapes thought, action and social interaction, on conscious and subconscious levels.

• Bridging theories of self and identity from neurocognition to cultural sociology (including for example Mead and Butler).

• The relationship between culture, emotion, motivation and behavior in identity pursuits and the sociocultural contingencies of self-esteem.

• Discussions of methodological challenges and possibilities with insights from cognitive science.

Learning Outcome

After completion of the course, the student should…

• Have a solid understanding of cognitive sociology and its unique character, and have some insight into some fields of research.

• Be able to apply a cognitive perspective and/or theories to traditionally sociological fields, theories and concepts.

• Be able to account for the role of culture in cognition.

• Understand how a concept such as self-esteem may be approached from the perspective of cognitive sociology and what this may add to current understandings of self-esteem.

 

Graduate-level qualifications in sociology or other related disciplines.
Lectures and seminar discussions
INDICATIVE WORKLOAD:

10 ECTS:
Lectures: 28
Course preparation: 147
Project Work: 75
Exam preparation: 25
Total: 275
Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 15 pages. For group assignments, an extra 7,5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Exam registration requirements

Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam

Aid
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal examiners.
Exam period

Submission dates and time will be available on the homepage of Sociology / education Site / Exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See couse aims.

Credit
10 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Individual/group. Free written take-home essays are assignments for which students define and formulate a problem within the parameters of the course and based on an individual exam syllabus. The free written take-home essay must be no longer than 15 pages. For group assignments, an extra 7,5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Exam registration requirements

Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2005 to take this exam.

Aid
Written aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Internal examiners.
Exam period

Submission dates and time will be available on the homepage of Sociology / education Site / Exam.

Criteria for exam assesment

See course aims.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 80
  • Preparation
  • 18
  • Practical exercises
  • 10
  • Exam Preparation
  • 70
  • Total
  • 206