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PSYCS39

Composing a Life: Narrative Identity Development across the Lifespan

Subject code

PSYC

Course Number

S39

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Instructor(s)

Department/Program Faculty

Course Long Title

Composing a Life: Narrative Identity Development across the Lifespan

Description

How do we make meaning out of a lifetime of moments? Which memories rise to the surface and determine our personal narratives and which fade away, and why? In this course students learn how to elicit detailed life stories from those around them, including individuals with whom they build relationships through community-engaged learning, while simultaneously constructing their own life narrative in progress. Then they consider how the lived experiences they have collected dovetail with and deviate from developmental psychology theory and research, and how our reflections on the past can inform our mental well-being and our decisions about the future. Prerequisite(s): one of ED/PY 262 or PSYC 261 and one of PSYC 240 or 341.

Writing Credit

No writing credit