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This course is designed for those who want to think critically about race and identity in an ever-changing world of media saturation and fake news. You will better understand how identities are formed, revised, and maintained via weekly discussions, personal anecdotes and through the analysis of popular culture, written texts, and specific documentaries that have been chosen for this course. On completion, you will have a deeper understanding of how cultural visibility can be seen as a mark of progress or a way in which expressions of our identities are both celebrated and contained. Furthermore, you will be equipped with the necessary language and the key concepts to formulate your ideas to discuss how the concept of identity both regulates the body and governs our sense of group affiliation.
End of course requirement (not compulsory): a ten-minute presentation on an aspect of your identity.Ronnie McGrath is a writer and former associate cultural studies lecturer for the University of the Arts, London College of Communication. He has delivered talks on race and identity for Bristol University and The London College of Printing. He has published work in IC3, The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain, and Black Lives Have Always Mattered, a collection of essays, poems, and personal narratives. His latest publication is Watermelon, rivers of love speeches, a conceptual prose work of things unspoken.
How will I know how I am doing?
There is no formal assessment as this course is based on developing your knowledge and in participating in open discussions. There will be an element of peer and tutor feedback on your individual 10 minute presentation.
How will I learn?
Teaching will be delivered onsite through a series of discussions, lectures, and documentaries. We aim to create a safe and friendly environment for participants to interact in a manner that is respectful of other people’s views. Anyone who intentionally sets out to offend a person’s race, class, gender, religion, disability, or sexuality will be asked to leave. All that we ask is that you have an open mind and that you are prepared to have an honest, deep, and meaningful discussion about a subject that, regardless of a person’s race, affects us all.
There are no requirements, other than an open mind and a passion to learn.
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