Rationale and Requirement

Effective with Fall 2014 courses

Rationale

By recognizing that social groups and identities emerge from complex cultural, economic, political, social and institutional processes, the United States Identities and Differences Requirement focuses on the historical origins and contemporary implications of these power-laden processes. An understanding of identities and differences provides students with particularly important knowledge about the contemporary world, as global citizens need to appreciate the nuance, complexity and history of group differences. Inequalities in power influence identities and differences throughout the world. The United States Identities and Differences Requirement focuses on the United States as an exemplar, but the knowledge and skills that it fosters will be transferable to other national and international contexts.

Requirement

Students must take at least one course devoted to the study of forms or forces that create, reflect, maintain, or contest identities of, and differences amongst, U. S. social groups (based in, for example, race, class, ethnicity, gender, language, nation, dis/ability, religion, sexuality).


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(Effective with Fall 2014 courses)

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Section 1.



(e.g. 105 or 320)





Section 2.

Brief Course Description

Students completing the United States Identities and Differences Requirement will be able to:

  • Recognize that group identities and differences are socially constructed or historically contingent;
  • Examine forms or forces that create, reflect, maintain, or contest identities and differences;
  • Evaluate the significance of identities and differences for life and culture in the United States.

Provide a brief description of how your course will emphasize these three student learning outcomes. Refer to course content, pedagogy, materials, activities, etc., as needed.

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