Transforming Identity / Online
29 June - 24 July 2020
‘Transforming Identity’ is a four-week online course that hopes to initiate a dialogue among young people about our shared humanity and who we are, how we are different, and how we should face our diversity in order to promote societies that are more inclusive and cooperative.
The overall themes that we are going to explore are:
- The concept of ‘The Self’: Who am I? How do I experience identity? Why is identity important to me and why does it matter?
- The concept of ‘The Self’ related to today’s society: What is the relationship of identity and the community? Where does identity come from? Who defines it? Is identity contextual?
- The concept of ‘The Self’ in relation to history: Should we care about the past? How are power dynamics created and do they affect identity? How do differences arise in society and what role do they play?
- Agency through Identity: How do we overcome implicit bias? Do labels hinder us? How do we critically analyse identity labels created and enforced by the media? How does society address identity and does it matter?
All of these themes and sub-questions will be addressed through the course. We hope that this exploration will help you understand more about yourself and how you relate to others and the world around you.