There were many interesting concepts and ideas that I have learned in Sociology 1125, in my first year at Kwantlen, but the main concept I found the most interesting was that human beings develop socially by interacting with their surrounding and the individuals who reside in their particular environment. We took a great deal of class time exploring and expanding upon this theory. I feel that this was the main concept of the class. Several sociological as well as psychological theories state this claim, that society develops human, to be the way they are. For example Cooley’s looking glass self theory depicts how people develop through interactions with others, and how others perspectives mold the affected individual‘s perception of themselves. Mill’s sociological imagination theory states how people interact and influence one another (such as by other’s actions). Symbolic interactionism theorized by Thomas, which is based on work done by Cooley, states how people are shaped by the result of their consequences. As for Webber’s theological image theory, it explains as to how a God figure, manipulates the way human beings perceive their surroundings.
We learned that all these theories explain as to why individuals do the things they do in a particular environment. In Cooley’s theory, it takes into consideration the people closest to the affected individual and how people’s perceptions are the result of the perceptions of others. Basically, if an individual is labelled as the “nerdy” kid by their closest friends, then that individual will believe that is true and in part become that. In Mill’s theory humans are influenced by their peers’ actions. For example, if a child sees a friend stealing, then they is more likely to steal due to the overwhelming influence another human being causes. Thomas’ theory takes Cooley’s theory and expands it by explaining how a person’s actions cause consequences and these consequences then influence those around them. So if a child is caught stealing, the consequence is the punishment, which would make the child’s friends unlikely to steal. Webber had another perspective, which a God figure shapes the actions an individual commits. So if the teaching of a God depict of harmonious living and no killing, the individual will be more likely to follow those teachings in fear of going against an authoritative figure. Again, these all explain as to why people grow up to be the way that they are.
All in all, these sociological theories are main ideas of how the environment and the people residing in the according society, evolves the human’s perception, character, morals, which are the basis of any persons personality. Learning these theories and concepts, in my opinion, by far were the most intriguing part of the class. This is because we were able to then understand why, through these theories, why we are the way we are, and why people act certain ways, according to their up brings or surroundings.