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Summer 2018--June 4-August10

Composing Identities (MALS626-013)

  • Instructor: Meg McGuire
  • Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
  • Newark Campus

Who we are and where we come from impacts all facets of our lives from our families to our professions to our social media presence. This course considers how culture and language shape our racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic identities and how we represent them online. We will spend the semester considering how we "write" ourselves and our communities and how we are "written" by technologies and media around us. We will investigate the use of visual, audio, and cultural conventions within certain technological communities (Facebook, LinkedIn, Match) in creating individual and group identities. We will also discuss the importance of identification through association (with one another, with media, with brands, etc.) and how this necessitates critical awareness of the technologies we use.

Click here for a draft syllabus: MALS620 Composing Identity.pdf


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