Meeting dates: February 25, 2019 - March 15, 2019

In this seminar, we first examine our own identities in a reflective and critical way. Why are some identities complementary to each other, while others are contradictory? Why are some identities repressed or redefined? In the second section of the course, we investigate the social construction of identities. How do we construct the ‘other’? Under what circumstances does the ‘other’ become the enemy? We discuss nation building in this context as one group’s power over others in defining the national identity, its myths, history, language and other defining characteristics. How does nation building empower particular ethnic, religious, racial groups in this process at the expense of others? Where is the balance between maintaining cultural diversity and group rights, at the same time creating a state which erases group privileges in order to promote individual rights and ‘citizens’ whose primary loyalty is to the ‘nation’? The third and final section of the course focuses on the problems related to the recognition of multiculturalism. We analyze policies on language, religion, culture, and ethnicity in specific countries with the aim of discovering the conditions that promote multiculturalism.

8:00am-9:50am on Friday at SIMN SIMN CLASS (Jan 28, 2019 to May 17, 2019)
8:00am-11:50am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at SIMN SIMN CLASS (Jan 28, 2019 to May 17, 2019)
Simoneau House SIMN CLASS