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Who am I? : The Looking Glass Self
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How to Cite

Isaac, Ava. (2016) 2023. “Who Am I? : The Looking Glass Self”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In 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...

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Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
College 100
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

This activity is better suited for mid-semester, as it requires some level of rapport between instructor and students.

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. 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.
  2. Provide a warm, welcoming, and low-stakes classroom environment for class participation.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Brief, 1-2 page take-home response essay defining and detailing how the concept of the Looking Glass Self applies to the students' lives.
  2. Brief, follow-up period for students to anonymously write any comments, concerns or recommendations regarding the activity and its ability to facilitate class participation.

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