Course SOCA01H3 LEC30 Lecture 27/09/2012
Key educational goals/outcomes for today:
Understand the process of socialisation as a complex, lifelong interaction between a society and
individuals in it. Reflect on the role of social structures, culture and human agency in it.
Understand that sociological theories of socialization place varying emphasis on these elements.
Understand that psychological theories of socialization vary in their understanding of human
identity as primarily biological or primarily social.
Know the roles of main agents of socialization.
Apply your knowledge to seemingly inexplicable or highly individual behavior: how has
socialisation enabled it?
Tepperman, Lorne, Patrizia Albanese, and Jim Curtis (eds.). 2012. Sociology: A Canadian
Perspective. 3 edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Chapter 4.
Questions to guide the reading/to think about ahead of time for students
“Socialisation makes us fully human.” Explain.
Summarize the nature – nurture debate. What is your position on their relative importance? Does
it differ, depending on the aspect of human behaviour you consider?
Know mechanisms and stages of socialisation, as presented by psychological theories (theories
of childhood socialization). Do you recognise elements of your own or your siblings’ childhood
Define “significant others” and “reference groups”.
Understand that symbolic functionalist and Marxist theories of socialisation focus on the same
characteristics, but understand them in opposite ways.
Mitchell calls the family “the primary agent of socialisation.” Explain.
How do families and peer groups interact as agents of socialisation.
What are “para-social