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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2007

PSY 341k • Self and Social Interaction - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43735 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
SEA 3.250
Swann

Course Description

This course will focus on what social scientists (predominantly psychologists, but also sociologists, philosophers, anthropologists, and historians) have learned about self-knowledge and how it relates to social behavior. Topics will range from the nature of self-esteem and depression to positive illusions and what makes people satisfied with their relationships. To this end, we will read and critique a mix of contemporary and classic articles on the self.

Grading Policy

Discussion questions/Class participation: 10% Questions on readings: 30% Literature review: 30% Research paper: 30%

Texts

M.H. Kernis (Ed.), (2006) Self-esteem: Issues and answers. New York: Psychology Press. ISBN: 1841694207 Readings: A collection of readings assembled by the instructor to complement the text.

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