Introduction to Society and Community Studies-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS04 20035 LE45 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Wed.2
Instructor name SAMADDAR,Subhajyoti (Disaster Prevention Research Institute Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course offers an introduction to the basic nature of society and community and their impact on individual’s mind, behavior and thought process. This course focuses on how social and cultural influence individual's motivation, attitude, perception and action. Further, the focus will be placed on collective action, participatory process, community networks in order to understand how individuals' decisions and perceptions are socially influenced and constructed.
Course Goals To understand conceptual and theoretical understanding of the society, community and culture and their role shaping individual's attitude, perceptions and actions.
To understand the nature of social groups, organizations, social intuitions and their importance for the existence and sustainability of society and community.
To understand how decisions are made in a society, who make and influence the decision making process and how? Further the focus will be placed on how all sections and individuals of a society and community can be involved in the collective decision making process.
Schedule and Contents Week 1: An introduction to society and community studies.
Week 2: Basic ideas: society, culture, social institution, social groups, social interactions , socialization - - theories of self-development.
Week 3: Community and sense of community
Week 4: Community of practice
Week 5: Community participation: process and outcomes: Part 1
Week 6: Community participation: process and outcome: Part 2.
Week 7: Social capital and collective action.
Week 8: Social networks: structure and functions
Week 9: Social trust: definition, measurement and roles.
Week 10: Mind, self and society.
Week 11: Collaborative knowledge development: ideas and tools.
Week 12: Cultural impact on decision making process.
Week 13: Collective action
Week 14: Social change
Week 15: Final presentation and examination.
Week 16: Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Assignment and presentation 2: (25 X 2 = 50 Points ).
Examination : 50 points.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) - prepare and review class contents, reading textbooks.
- complete short assignments .
Textbooks Textbooks/References Handouts will be distributed by the instructor if necessary.