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SOC 240 Identity, Self and Social Interaction • 5 Cr.


How do we become who we are? How are our Selves shaped in a busy, ever-changing world? In this introduction to social psychology from a sociological perspective, topics focus on identity development and the Self in all social institutions including family, social networks, and cultural environments. Students who completed either PSYC 240 or SOC 240 before Summer Quarter 2013 may not take this class for credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand the social psychological development of the Self in society;
  • Analyze the relationship between the Self and Culture;
  • Connect social psychological interaction with social environments to our individual experiences;
  • Critically understand the many ways in which our Selves are ever-changing in our social histories;
  • Discover ways interactions and relationships are constructed and maintained;
  • Examine the relationship between Sociology and Psychology and the development of Social
  • Psychology as a field of study in each intellectual arena;
  • Understand the ways in which politics serves to influence social life for the general public in terms of power and privilege; and
  • Obtain a general understanding of the sociological perspective on the field of Social Psychology.



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