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  • PSYCHOLOGY 290    Section: 5


    Winter Quarter 2006

    Units: 4
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. See instructor for CRN.
    Course Description:

    The goal of this seminar will be to review research and theory on social identity.  The course will cover theories within the field of social identity­e.g., social identity theory, self-categorization theory, and optimal distinctiveness theory­and will also explore the consequences of group identification.  The seminar will begin by examining theories on the origin of group identification and then will go on to examine the relationship between group identification, the individual self-concept, and intergroup behavior.  Some of the topics to be covered in the course include:  definitions and measurement of social identification, motivational determinants of social identification, cultural perspectives on social identity, levels of self-categorization, self-stereotyping, social identity and social comparison processes, self-esteem and psychological well-being within social groups, ethnic and gender identities, and intergroup relations.
    The course format will be weekly discussion sessions of assigned readings.  Students in the course will be expected to contribute to the weekly discussions and also serve as a discussion leader for at least one of the class discussions.  A paper assignment is also part of the course requirements. 

    Discussion Facilitation:
    Students in this course are expected to share the responsibility for facilitating the weekly discussions.  Students will take turns being discussion facilitators and will work in pairs.  The goal of discussion facilitation is not to review the readings (as students are expected to have already completed the readings before class).  Instead, discussion facilitators should provide a framework for the discussion and some directions for where the discussion should go. However, facilitators should not be the discussion.  As a discussion leader, you should prepare some discussion questions before class and distribute them to the rest of the class either at the beginning of class or through e-mail the day before. You may also choose to begin the discussion by providing the class with some framework or themes for the discussion.
    The paper for this course should be in the format of a 15-20 page research proposal, which should be related to some aspect of social identity covered in the course. You may incorporate your own research interests into the paper and use the paper as a way of thinking about how issues of social identity may relate to your current or future research interests. These papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:  soundness of the research plan, importance of the research question, and clarity and quality of the writing.


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    145 Young M   3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Instructor Instructor Email Office Office Hours
    Cynthia Pickett , Ph.D. 102L Young Hall Wednesday 3:00pm - 5:00 pm