We spend much of our time in the presence of others, and all of our time in particular spaces. In this course we’ll examine several psychological and sociological perspectives on social interaction, that is, how people think, feel, and act in the presence of others, and how the particular spaces in which interaction occurs affect social interaction. Attention will focus on issues such as obedience, disobedience, and authority; social perception and cognition; attributions of causality and responsibility; conformity and resistance; social and commons dilemmas; interaction as exchange and performance; and the consequences of various forms of social organization. Students write four papers on selected topics, one that analyzes original data they have collected. Students are expected to attend all classes, participate in occasional class based research (both in and outside of class), complete reading assignments for each class, conduct research for their papers, and submit four papers, three of approximately five pages and one of ten pages. Students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in discussions and the four required papers.