Understanding Identity: Introduction to Intersectionality Studies

Understanding Identity: Introduction to Intersectionality Studies

“Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today.  In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority.  

We will also explore the concept of “intersectionality,” which is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. We will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people. We will approach these issues from a factual, historical, and socially aware perspective, with a goal of understanding and cultivating sincerity, humility, and active listening. 

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Class Duration: October 26-December 20

Class Size: 3-8 learners

Age Range: 14+

Total Price: $180
Total Price with Feedback Add-On: $210

“Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today.  In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority.  

We will also explore the concept of “intersectionality,” which is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. We will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people. We will approach these issues from a factual, historical, and socially aware perspective, with a goal of understanding and cultivating sincerity, humility, and active listening. 

This course will involve several activities and reflections/discussions about those activities, reading of 1 text, some reading of articles between sessions, and a final project demonstrating an understanding of identity and intersectionality.  With an optional add-on, detailed feedback and guidance for revisions of the project to a final version is available.

This class will be high-interaction and discussion/reflection oriented. We will discuss topics together and encourage learners to consider how they have intersectional experiences and how they can respect the lived experiences of others.

Online participation in discussion forums between live meetings is required.  

Learners will be expected to share and present on their project findings in the final session and answer questions by other learners and instructor.

Learners may choose whether or not to speak/use voice and whether or not to use a webcam. Learners may choose to interact using text in lieu of voice during class.  Out-of-class discussion documents will be available for learners to contribute ideas in non-real time. 

Learners will have options between a live presentation or a pre-recorded audio/video presentation for class.

Upon enrollment, you will receive a form to fill out. This will allow access to our full classroom.

We will meet live as a group on the following Mondays from 2-2:30pm Eastern time: October 26, November  16, and December 21 (from 2-3pm for final presentations).

To interact in class: Computer with internet access, microphone strongly recommended, camera optional. 

Text: Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America by Jeff Wiltse

For project: Relevant tools to create project and present (such as slide presentation program access if a slide presentation will be used). Access to research resources like online resources, journal articles, books that are relevant to chosen topic.

1-2 hours per week of preparation time.

Learners need to be able to respect the social norms of a “safe space”, be able to self-reflect and present opinions in respectful ways.  Learners will need to be able to read material that may challenge their assumptions or values and interact in a constructive way.  Learners need to be able to exercise open-mindedness when dealing with new ideas.

This is intended to be a college-preparatory class that will give learners a taste of topics that will be discussed at the college level. Learners will practice active listening, asking questions to understand and balancing personal lived experience with narrative from others.  Learners will gain access to commonly used standard, respectful terms that are used in discussions of social minorities.  Learners will explore how history and social norms affect the lives of people today across many social categories.  

To demonstrate these skills, learners will be expected to research a topic that will be analyzed through an intersectional lens that incorporates dimensions of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, class, etc. 

Families and learners will be invited to share with the instructor about any special needs or accommodations that are necessary or helpful for the class.  Families and learners will be able to contact the instructor with any concerns. Instructor will work with learners to choose a project format that works with learners abilities and needs.  There will be one email check-in around the midpoint of the course.

This class will cover many topics that are considered taboo or difficult because they are necessary to understand topics like intersectionality.  We will openly, maturely, and thoughtfully discuss sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, oppression, sexual assault and similar topics in the context of understanding social context and identity.  We will also discuss in a matter-of-fact way sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender performance using resources like this.

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