This course addresses critical themes that are relevant to the development of identity throughout the lifespan, using a developmental approach. Building upon classic theories and empirical evidences, it will touch upon a range of topics and “layers” of one’s identity, including dimensions of personal vs. social identity, the development of personality, possible selves, or gender and sexual identity. The course will also discuss new settings for the formation of identity, including technological and social media innovations which greatly shape the way new generations of youth address their developmental task. While doing so, the course will outline the continuous nature of the construction of the self and identity, a lifelong developmental process on which people have agency.