Fall; Grades 11–12
Taught by: Canterbury School
This course examines the ways our human family has sought to create, marshal, contest, and maintain identities through culture and relations of power. These identities can be appreciated through lenses of analysis. The course critically engages the traditional “Big Three” lenses of analysis—race, class, and gender—understanding that culture serves as an important backdrop against which these identities emerge. Once students appreciate the important ways the social sciences have engaged with, written about, and debated these three core modes of analysis, the course expands to incorporate other, equally rich, lenses: age, ableism, intellectual diversity, geographic diversity, cognitive and neurological diversity, and the business case for diversity, as well as how to study synergistically intertwined phenomena. Film and critical film studies, as well as the role colonialism has played in the major conflicts of the last 500 years, each serve to enrich student understandings of diversity.