Intersections of Multiple Identities
What is the connection between race, sexuality, and gender within an American multicultural and multi-ethnic society? Is there a coherent, distinct, and continuous self existing within our postmodern, -paradigmatic, -etc. contexts? How is the sexual/racial/gendered implicated in the creation of this self-identity? Is there principled dynamic or developmental change in our concepts of self, whether as human beings, sexual beings, and/or racial/ethnic beings? We will explore possible answers to these questions and more. This class explores the construction of race, ethnicity, and sexualities within psychology; how these constructs implicitly and explicitly inform psychological inquiry; and the effects of these constructs on the psychology of the individual. This class regularly moves beyond psychology to take a broader, social-science perspective on the issue of intersectionality. Students who have studied race/ethnicity, gender or sexuality in at least one other class would be best prepared to take this class.