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Identity, Goal-Achievement, and Personal Development - THIS CLASS IS FULL

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Spring 2010
Sociology 98/198
2 Unit(s)

Human friendly URL (OBSOLETE)


About the Course:


Are you currently trying to find yourself? Do you have big ideas and lofty goals, but are not sure how to go about achieving them? Are you at the top of the game, but still wonder what really makes people happy? In this class, we will look at achievement and success from humanistic, neurological, and psychological perspectives – aimed at discovering and becoming that person you want to be while still retaining your sanity. With a focus on action, we will examine identity, goal-setting and achievement, and leadership and communication. We will engage in much personal inquiry and question many common assumptions, so bring your open mind and come prepared to discuss. You will come away from this course knowing who you are, where you want to go, and how you are going to get there.

Tuesdays, 6-8 PM, in 136 Barrows. (2 units)


Our goal is results. Because of this, readings will be short and to the point. There will be 5 exercises central to the class, each of which allows the author to experience and put into action the topic of the current unit.

Completion of all five assignments, as well as attendance, will be the basis for passing the class. Attendance will be taken at every class. Students are expected to make an effort to attend every class, and may not miss more than one class without significant reason, both because there are so few classes and because it disrupts our classroom community.

Learning Objectives:

After this course, students will have…

  • Written their life story as a way of elucidating the influences on their lives
  • Chosen 5 life goals, and set deadlines and steps for achieving those goals, starting today
  • Intentionally performed and written about a “breach” – an intentional breaking of a social norm – in order to push their comfort zones and examine the nature of the norms that keep society in order
  • Written an essay analyzing their most emotional experience, in order to experience catharsis and the importance of expressing your emotions
  • Practiced the Rogerian model of peer counseling, as a tool for solving interpersonal problems and as insight into the power of listening
  • Experienced what it means to participate in and contribute to a supportive, empowering community

How to Enroll:


If more than 20 students wish to enroll, there will be a short application of 4 questions, asking why you wish to take the course, what your goals are, and how you would contribute to a classroom community. Please attend the first session on Tuesday, January 26th from 6-8 PM in 136 Barrows for more information.

See you there!

- Frank

Questions? Contact: FrankKotsianas AT

Please let me know if you are interested in taking the course!

Course Contact: frankkotsianas AT


Faculty Sponsor: Robb Willer

Time & Location:

Section 1Frank Kotsianas
20136 BarrowsTu 6p-8p1/26started

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: Identity DeCal - Syllabus.docJan 2143kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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