AbstractIn this activity, students will familiarize themselves with the concept of the Looking Glass Self (1902) by participating in a low-stakes classroom sales pitch. Volunteer participants will complete pre- and post-questionnaires asking them to rate their performance and ability as public speakers. Unknowingly, they are subjected to pre-determined reactions...
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesThis activity is better suited for mid-semester, as it requires some level of rapport between instructor and students.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will be able to define and understand the concept of Cooley’s Looking Glass Self and gain a sense for the larger sociological concept of symbolic interaction approaches.
- Provide a warm, welcoming, and low-stakes classroom environment for class participation.
- Brief, 1-2 page take-home response essay defining and detailing how the concept of the Looking Glass Self applies to the students' lives.
- Brief, follow-up period for students to anonymously write any comments, concerns or recommendations regarding the activity and its ability to facilitate class participation.