Identity and Culture

Life transitions such as attending a University can be filled with excitement and fear all at the same time. For many students it can seem overwhelming being far away from home as well as being exposed to new people and new ideas that challenge who we are and where we come from. This course will explore how we develop and sustain our sense of identity within a dynamic culture of the 21st century. Through intellectual exploration, critical discussion, self-reflection and creative problem solving with peers and mentors, students will explore the concept of their own identity as it is related to gender and sexuality, friendship and family, race, ethnicity and society, through the lens of various disciplines including history, philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, anthropology, art, governments and neuroscience. This seminar will venture into academic terrain that will be both familiar and unfamiliar. Curiosity, creativity, a spirit of open-minded inquiry, growth mindset as well as a measure of humility are a prerequisite for this course that will be an odyssey of self-discovery.

Course Details
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
170: MW 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Term: 
Fall 2021
Categories: 
Well-Being
Civic Engagement
Instructor(s)

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay Smith

Lindsay graduated from William Peace University (Peace College) with an Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies degree in Anthropology and Psychology. She worked in the AmeriCorps for 2 years, where her main focus was working with Children's Literacy and at risk youth. Here she observed the critical need for literacy and education in impoverished communities that are marginalized and where English was their second language. She went on to receive her Master's in Higher Education and Teaching with 18 graduate hours of Psychology. She is currently an Academic Advisor with Academic Advising and Orientation. She loves to work with students as they make one of the most transformative moves in their lives, attending University.