Archived Versions

21A.218J / SP.454J / WGS.454J Identity and Difference

As taught in: Spring 2010

Sidewalk sandwich board advertises the next dance performance at 12:30 by the Naa Kahidi Dancers, located in Sitka, Alaska.

Native performance in Sitka, Alaska, 2010. (Photo by Jean Jackson. Used with permission.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Jean Jackson

Course Features

Course Description

This course explores how identities, whether of individuals or groups, are produced, maintained, and transformed. Students will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives that deal with identity formation, including constructions of "the normal." We will explore the utility of these perspectives for understanding identity components such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, language, social class, and bodily difference. By semester's end students will understand better how an individual can be at once cause and consequence of society, a unique agent of social action as well as a social product.