AbstractThis paper has been used in a Social Psychology course to help students understand the concept of idioculture, a group culture with shared knowledge, beliefs, sentiments, and behaviors. After a class discussion on symbolism as a necessary component of interaction, students consider a variety of symbols, how they’re interpreted, and what they communicate...
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Usage NotesThis assignment is used early in the semester of a Social Psychology course (Self & Society) after we talk about the Symbolic Interactionist perspective. We discuss the role of symbols and language for communication and building community, specifically idioculture (group culture with shared knowledge, beliefs, sentiments, and behaviors. I present...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of symbols in creating and sustaining culture.
- Demonstrate application of course concepts of symbolism and idioculture to a specific environment and social institution.
- Students write an essay on how shared knowledge and meaning are communicated through symbols and the role of such symbols in their campus culture.
- Students observe objects and collect information about their history and meaning within a specific community and explain how these objects contribute to maintaining an idioculture.