Themes

Identities

The theme of Identities encompasses topics and analyses that range in level from the individual to various types of groups to large collectivities. It includes such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexuality, religion, and the body. Courses that align with this theme will lead students to explore and trace the causes for, and sources of individual and group values, beliefs, and behaviors. One can examine identities through multiple frameworks including those of nature, nurture and the intersection of nature and nurture. Identities also can be explored in multiple cultures and at different historical times.

Potential Inquiries:

  1. How do communities and individuals form identities?
  2. What is the political nature of collective identities?
  3. What causes individual and collective identities to change over time?
  4. How do individuals and groups express their identities?
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