Jun 25, 2022
WMST 353 - Identity Politics in the United States (3 units) CO10
This course addresses the historical, social, and political origins and implications of group identities in the United States (including racial, sexual, gender, class, generational, and national identities). By analyzing the issues and conflicts arising from these identities, the course considers how best to analyze and address ongoing group-based inequalities and oppressions. (PSC 353 and WMST 353 are cross-listed; credit may be earned in one of the two.)
Maximum units a student may earn: 3
Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Fall
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify the complex elements important to members of diverse American groups in relation to its/their history, values, and politics.
2. select an apply appropriate methods of inquiry to analyze complex questions about cultural difference and/or equity.
3. articulate an awareness of some of the central historical and present diversity issues addressed in the course, including race, ethnicity, gender, social class, religion, sexual identity, ability, national origin, or other identities.
4. analyze and interpret information about cultural differences, cultural rules, and cultural biases in their own society or about non-dominant or marginalized groups.
5. analyze ways in which the history of cultural groups in the United States differ and how such differences position them in relation to one another.
6. articulate ways in which social identities such as race, class, and gender intersect in order to influence individual life experiences and/or perspectives.
7. integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge of other cultures in both focused and broad interdisciplinary contexts.
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