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HUMN571 - Individuals, Societies, and the Spirit

Course Details

Course Code: HUMN571 Course ID: 3522 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course continues the study of the development of the individual in modern society. Readings for this course include: William James, Varieties of Religious Experience; Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of Religious Life; Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism; Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents; Erik Erikson, Childhood and Society; Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Examine the major contemporary thought and themes dealing with individuals in relation to their social world through the reading of primary sources (CO1)
  • Identify the major contemporary works in their contexts (CO2)
  • Analyze the significant ways that these works reflect or represent those contexts (CO3)
  • Discuss the common psychosocial forces that shape the psyche (CO4)
  • Evaluate the constellation of American cultural traditions and analyze and critique sociological dimensions of the individual in American life (CO5)

Forum Assignments – see classroom for details. Be sure to read each forum assignment as directions vary each week. Homework Assignments – see classroom for details

NameGrade %
Forums 55.00 %
Introduction Forum 5.50 %
Week 1 Forum 5.50 %
Week 2 Forum 5.50 %
Week 3 Forum 5.50 %
Week 4 Forum 5.50 %
Week 5 Forum 5.50 %
Week 6a Forum 5.50 %
Week 6b Forum 5.50 %
Week 7 Forum 5.50 %
Week 8 Forum 5.50 %
Assignments 45.00 %
Week 2: James Essay 11.25 %
Week 4: Durkheim Essay 11.25 %
Week 7: Habits of the Heart 11.25 %
Week 8: Reading Report 11.25 %

Author

Book Title

Publication

Gerth, H. & Mills, W.

From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology

Link to full text:

https://archive.org/details/frommaxweberessa00webe

Oxford University Press, 1946.

Mead, M.

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

Link to full text:

https://ia801601.us.archive.org/6/items/in.ernet.dli.2015.191072/2015.191072.Sex-And-Temperament-In-Three-Primitive-Societies.pdf

Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.

Bellah, R., et. al.

Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life

Link to full text: https://archive.org/details/habitsofheartin000bell

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University of California Press, 1996.

James, W.

Varieties of Religious Experience

Link to full text: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/621

Project Gutenberg, 2

Durkheim, E.

Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Link to full text: https://archive.org/details/elementaryformso00durk_1

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The Free Press, 1995.

Book Title:Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life
ISBN:9780520254190
Publication Info:University of California Press
Author:Bellah
Unit Cost:$29.95
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.