This course explores the nature of social action and some of the analytical approaches in interactionist and other schools of social psychology that have been devised to shed light on factors shaping sociologically significant forms of human thinking and action. It seeks to fill in the gaps, sometimes striking, in sociological explanations for events and situations that rely on demonstrated correlations among impersonal variables. Within sociology, social psychology seeks to answer process questions concerning the ways and the reasons social forces affect social outcomes, often by affecting the thinking and action of individuals and groups in society.The course has been designed as a project-based, multi-modal, reflexive,developmental, and deeply diverse learning opportunity. Each of these elements is an important feature of the class which I will define in lecture. They are woven into the curriculum, the organization of the course, the pedagogy, and the assignments. Although this class follows the format of a lecture course, the curriculum has been designed for students to be active, creative learners in class and outside. In this class you will be learning sociology by doing sociology, and not simply absorbing information from readings and lectures for tests. Our goal is for you to prepare two, short, solid, analytical papers that reflect changes in your understanding of “the self” as a product of social experience, and of social settings and interactions as powerful influences over the development and modification of identity, thinking and behavior.