Uses mathematical models to describe how people import cultural meanings into social interactions. Explains how people maintain identities in role relationships and group interactions. Explores a theory of how people perform normal institutional roles, respond to odd situations, and try to feel good about themselves. Uses computer simulations to model self, identity and emotional processes. Involves reading academic literature, collecting evidence, giving research presentations, and writing a research proposal. Teaches how to think scientifically about routine and unexpected parts of everyday life.