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J298 – Intersectional Identities

In this election year of 2020 we will be hearing much about the United States’ fracturing into multiple identities and tribes, each with their own codes, secrets, values, and goals… and even their own “facts” in what’s been called the post-truth era. This course will study and practice how to report on issues pertaining to gender identities, race, religion, ethnicity, immigration status, economic and social class and much more. How do people best represent their own (often multiple) identities? How can you report across difference with understanding? What happens when identities, and rights or values, conflict? We will turn to history, literature, the social sciences and, most of all, great journalism for context as we venture out of our own bubbles.   

 

This is a seminar that mainly involves substantial reading  as well as absorbing other media such as podcasts, videos, photography and more. Students will pick their own topics, with the professor’s supervision, for  investigation through independent reporting and research, to be presented to the whole class in any medium, and finalized by the semester’s end.

Details

Instructor(s):  

Time:  Tu 2:00 - 5:00

Location:  209 North Gate (Greenhouse)

Class Number:  10846

Section:  002

Units:  3

Length:  15 weeks

Course Material Fee:  None

Enroll Limit:  

Restrictions & Prerequisites

 

This is a seminar that mainly involves substantial reading  as well as absorbing other media such as podcasts, videos, photography and more. Students will pick their own topics, with the professor’s supervision, for  investigation through independent reporting and research, to be presented to the whole class in any medium, and finalized by the semester’s end.