Sociology of Emotions

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Emotions

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Ethics, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    15 credit points (1 course) of any first year sociology subject and 15 credit points(1 course) of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Emotions are embedded in an individual's personal, biological and psychological experience of self, and in relationships with others. Emotionality, or the experience and expression of emotions, is fundamental to an individual's identity and more generally to the practices and tone of everyday social life. In this subject, we consider emotions as phenomena that are intimately experienced, socially contextualised, and culturally learned. Our enquiry leads us to explore particular realms of emotional experience from small-scale interactions to broader relationships between individuals, groups and society. The subject is organised around three modules: the emotional self; love; and suffering and sympathy.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.