ALA 170 - Applied Liberal Arts Topics
Fall 2023, Section 002 - Social Identity, Social Inequality & Social Media: An Introduction to Intergroup Relations
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
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Requirements & Distribution:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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What are social identities? Why do they matter? How do they impact how we interact across groups, both in person and online?

This introductory course will provide a survey of sociological, social-psychological, and social justice education theory as it relates to social identity and intergroup relations. Race, class, gender, citizenship, and sexual orientation -among other social identity categories- will be explored, as well as corresponding systems of oppression (racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, etc.) How are we socialized to interact across groups? How does that socialization uphold systems of oppression, and how does our participation in social media provide opportunities to engage these systems, and resist them? We will consider Critical Media Literacy as a framework for understanding and evaluating digital resources around social identity and intergroup relations, and evaluate our own and others' use of social media as a tool for liberation.

Intended Audience:

First-year Students Only

Class Format:

In Person


ALA 170 - Applied Liberal Arts Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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