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:

  • Explain how social context fundamentally shapes both interactions between people and individual experiences.
  • Describe the relationship between Self and society.
  • Discuss how power and inequality contribute to forming our senses of ourselves and others.