This course explores how identities are produced, maintained, and transformed in the process of communication. Students will survey approaches to understand culture, cultural identity, cultural representation, and cultural difference. They will apply various perspectives to identity components, such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, language, social class, and bodily difference, and discuss how these components can overlap and conflict with each other and how the intersections of these and other identities can shape political discourse and rhetoric, media/information consumption, attitude formation, and other contexts of human interaction. Students will develop pragmatic strategies of inclusive and/or ethical communication.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Allen, B (2010). Difference matters: Communicating social identity. Waveland. ISBN: 978-1577666738
Gonzalez, A., & Chen, Y. (2015). Our voices: Essays in culture, ethnicity and communication. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0190255237 â€“ the previous edition is ok too.
Students will also be required to read selected articles and book excerpts.
Reading journals or weekly activities - 30%
Facilitated discussions- 20%
Applications - 20%
Course project- 30%