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1)            SF = the objective analysis of behavior situated in social settings

2)            Objective analysis of social settings = diagramming social facts.

3)            SF is a scientific field = it has a history and a context.

4)            SF and Behaviorism.

5)            Science: Material & Spiritual

6)            Constructing a behavioral taxonomy for the daily round.

7)            Diagramming social circumstances using field theory notation.

8)            Conducting field investigations.

9)            Group dynamics in task forces and teams.

10)          Group dynamics in conversation.

11)          Inter—group relations and the public order.

12)          Consumerism and the vulnerable self.

13)          SF and Professionalizing the self.

14)          The professional student is integrated in the community.


1.)           Common sense analyses can be objective: objective versus subjective accounts; intra—personal versus inter—personal; common and collective versus solitary and individual.

Exercise 1:           Look up etymologies of the above underlined words.

2)                  Types of diagrams: matrices, tables, lists, graphs, charts, figures, designs; notation systems; writing,      

geometry, music, choreography, morse, computer programming languages, logic, chemical equations, punctuation, shorthand; diagrams of social situations are objective if interpersonally recognizable.

Exercise 2:           Look up, Diagramming My Knowledge, in DRA Vols. What is Social Psychology?, in DRA Vols.

3)            Science and history and History of science; scientific revolutions in the history of ideas; social philosophy.

Exercise 3:  Look up and describe briefly 6 social philosophers from

                among the following: Confucius, Moses, Christ, Buddha,

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Hobbes, Goethe,

Nietzsche, Compte, Wundt, Coleridge, Emerson, Freud,

Gandhi, W. James, R. Steiner, G. H. Mead, Skinner, A. Maslow,

Mao Tse Tung, Maharishi, Billy Graham, William Buckley, Jr.,

Jimmy Carter.

4)            Social Behaviorism: G.H. Mead; Behaviorism at the UH: Watson, Skinner, Ullmann, Tharpe and Watson, Staats; Experimental Social Psychology.

Exercise 4:  Look up 6 psychologists in SP textbooks and briefly describe their contribution.

5)        The Negative Bias and Its Origins: the consequences; the Positive Bias; Spiritual Science.

Exercise 5:                           Look up Elevated Register in DRA Vols. in light of the ideas presented on pp. Source “B.”

                and discuss in Reading

6)            Taxonomy: in biology; in chemistry; in genealogy; in linguistics; in philosophy; in Roget’s Thesaurus; in library sciences; in psycholinguistics; Daily Log.

Exercise 6:  Look up Daily Log entries in DRA Vols. ways of graphing the information.

                and propose

7)            K. Lewin and Topological Psychology: Principles of Field Theory; Diagramming conflicts.

Exercise 7:  Diagram 6 situations depicted in Why Can’t They Do It Another Way, DRA Vols. _____

8)            Natural History Methodology: Society’s Witnesses; Literacy and ordinary social competence; Forms in our daily round environment

Exercise 8:  Survey 6 types of FORMS now in the DRA:  comment on their value and shortcomings.

9)            Group dynamics: Types of networks and interactions in groups; social groups; roles, status, conformity.

Exercise 9: Look up Vita (DRA Vols. ______) and Committee Reports DRA Vols. ______) and discuss the dynamic

                social forces visible therein.

10)           Group dynamics in conversational episodes: Turn—taking rituals; Topic raising and switching; Legitimizing;        

            Bargaining; Competition; Cooperation and exploration.

Exercise 10:  Look up Transcripts in DRA Vols. ______ and document the dynamic forces therein using DRA Form __________ (see p.

11)          Demography and population statistics: Mass society memberships; Lobbying and organized interest groups; The dynamics of the news.

Exercise 11:  Using DRA Form observations.  (see p._____) make contrastive

12)                          The dynamics of eating behavior; Junk food psychology; Medicalization versus homeopathic healing practices.

Exercise 12:  Look up Food Daily Round reports in the DRA, and Lifestyles (Vols. ______), and in that light discuss

                your own situation. Use DRA Form          to report results (see p.

13)          Community strategies of relationships: collective learning; the dynamics of anonymity; Privacy;    Awareness; Methods of Keeping Track; Language and Mind.

Exercise 13:  Look up in DRA: Standardized Imaginings (Vols. _____ Interior Dialog (Vols. _____) and Discharge

Reports (Vols. ______). Discuss how to improve these methods for keeping track of one’s experiences. Make—up 6 Forms.

14)          Staying in community:  the Campus is ours; Reading with meaning and thinking for oneself; Balanced perspective on modernism; and the value of the old.

Exercise 14:   Read something written hundreds, even thousands of years ago and discuss its relationship to us. Use 

                DRA Form__________.

Note: make sure you attach “DRA Forms,” as referred to in your Syllabus.  For sample DRA Forms used in this course, see pp ________; also consult DRA Volumes at Sinclair Library, for DRA Forms used by prior generations.