Courses: Self and Identity (PSYCH335B01)

Spring 2013

Who am I? How do I feel about myself? What is the story of my life? How people answer such questions and the implications of their answers, both over time and across situations in their lives, are the issues that are at the heart of this course on self and identity. Through a combination of lecture and discussion, we will examine the literature on self and identity from multiple disciplinary perspectives (biological, developmental, personality, social, and clinical) and apply scientific concepts to the analysis of socially important issues, current events, popular culture, and our own life experiences. Specific topics to be addressed include self and identity development in childhood and adolescence, self-esteem and its consequences, gender and self, culture and ethnic identity development, stigmatized selves and prejudice, and the connection between self/identity and mental health.

Prerequisites: Psyc 100 & one of the following: HC Psyc 210, 215, or 224 or BM Psyc 206 or 208.

Fulfills: SO I Limit:16


Haverford, Shrp 410

Meeting Times

MW 2:30-4:00