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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Spring 2004

PSY 341K • Identity Formation - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40030 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
SEA 2.108

Course Description

This course examines what is commonly seen as the major task of adolescence—identity formation. We will begin at this topic’s roots—philosophy and then psychoanalytic theory—as a foundation for Erikson’s view of identity. After this historical introduction to identity, we will look into the research-based work that spans the last 30 years. Alternative means for assessing identity will be considered--including the Identity Status Interview and narrative analysis. The developmental paths for “chosen” identity domains such as occupation, religion, and politics as well as for “assigned” identity domains such as gender, ethnicity, and adoption will be explored.

Grading Policy

Writing activities make up more than 50% of the course grade. Assignments include short interpretations of fictional and autobiographical works using course concepts, and write-ups of identity assessments. This is a discussion-based course so attendance is important. Participation in small- and large-group discussions contributes significantly to the course grade.


Reading packet available at local copy shop.


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