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INTS 306/3.0 Culture, Identity and Self

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    LANG (option) / LLCU (option) / PHIL (option) / PSYC (depending on plan) / SOCY (option)
Course Instructor: Dr Tim Huzar - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Summer and Winter term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   PREREQUISITE: Level 2 or above.

This course gives you the philosophical tools to think about who you and other people are.


Course Highlights:

Read cutting edge critical and interdisciplinary scholarship from philosophers, cultural theorists, and feminist scholars.

Consider the ways race, gender, and sexuality intersect to form our identities

Discover how our embodiment affects how we think, feel, speak and know the world.

Learn in a way that emphasises group discussion and workshops.


INTS 306/3.0 Culture, Identity and Self

To know who we are we need to understand the way culture, identity and selfhood intersect. This course begins from the assumption that at this point of intersection are our bodies, which means taking seriously the way we feel, hear, see, speak and think when philosophising. It also means learning how our bodies are gendered and racialised, what those histories are, and the way these processes both enable us to flourish but also expose us to harm. We will read a diverse selection of interdisciplinary, critical scholarship, putting traditions that might otherwise be pushed to the margins into the centre. The teaching focuses on group discussions of key theoretical texts, where you have the space to discover your voice and share it with others (as well as to think critically about what we mean by 'voice' to begin with...).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course learners will be able to:
  • Evaluate arguments for both what obligations we have to ourselves and to others.
  • Explain arguments for the importance of culture.
  • Consider whether we have good reason to be moral relativists or moral objectivists.
  • Provide an account of what obligations the state has to us, and what obligations we have to the state.
  • Discuss what it is to have a continuous identity throughout our lives.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Some oexamples of previous Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include: 1) A philosophical walk through the Pevensey Levels. When we philosophise, we're typically sat in a seminar room, or in an office at the top of an ivory tower. This experience is profoundly disembodied. What if we did philosophy while being aware of our bodies? To do this we go on a philosophical walk in the countryside surrounding Herstmonceux Castle, discussing key ideas we engage during the course. 2) A visit to the Museum of Immigration and Diversity (London). In this trip we will learn about the impact that immigration has had upon major cities, and particularly London, across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This trip will provide us with an opportunity to discuss the relationship between tolerance and citizenship in liberal Western societies, and what responsibility the state has towards political and economic migrants.

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We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

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