PSY 341K • Identity Formation - W
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course examines what is commonly seen as the major task of adolescenceidentity formation. We will begin at this topics rootsphilosophy and then psychoanalytic theoryas a foundation for Eriksons 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.
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.