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Human Development & Fam Stdies: D2: Undoing Identity

HDFS 031 OL1 (CRN: 60971)

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Introduction to identity intersections. Readings in identity performance and creation of multi-media text-based work will result in a new awareness of how identity is created.

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Janice Perry ()

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DATES: July 14 - August 8, 2014

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Section Description

Course Catalog Description Introduction to identity intersections. Readings in identity performance and creation of original multi-media text-based work will result in a new awareness of how identity is created. Course Summary And Goals This intensive introductory course begins with readings in adolescent and autobiographically-based identity construction (Harold Rosen, Erik Erikson, James Marcia), everyday performance (Erving Goffman), use of art and entertainment as a means of ?homogenization? (Charlotte Canning) and white privilege (Peg MacIntosh). Students use academic discussion and text-based multi-media creative work as well as their own research to locate and reflect on the origins of their notions about ?who? they are, and the ways they present their own identities in everyday life. They then begin to extrapolate this self-awareness to an understanding of the construction of the identities of ?Others.? This first section of the course is followed by assignments of texts, videos, weblinks, etc. from 20th/21st Century US American performances by diverse artists and writers who use personal history as a basis for work that addresses race, racism, heterosexism, gender, body, class, ability, power and privilege, and the ways that these identity classifications intersect. We?ll look at work by Moms Mabley, Richard Pryor, Dave Chapelle, Daniel Beattie, Dael Orlandersmith, Dawn Akemi Saito, Luis Alfaro, Alec Mappa, Peggy Shaw, Guillermo Gomez-Pe?a, Deb Margolin, Carmelita Tropicana, and read about the interment of Japanese Americans during WWII, homogenization of US identity through the Chatauqua performances of the 1920?s and 30?s, etc. These performances and texts model techniques and creative interventions which students can use to reflect and transform social and cultural inequities. Students are required to post critical academic responses to the readings, posit questions and respond to each other?s postings and questions on the Discussion Board. Through this lively online communication in which every student is required to participate, students gain deep insight into each other?s thought processes. In addition, there are creative writing/digital media assignments to promote creative reflection/response to the readings. These readings are designed to promote students? understanding of the continuously evolving lifespan process of identity development. Students are encouraged to recognize and reflect on the influences of outside forces on their perceptions to gain understanding of how their own and others? social and personal identities intersect. The readings create a framework for academic discussion on how identity is constructed for them, how they continue or alter these constructions in their daily navigation, and how these intersecting constructions affect the way they perceive others throughout a lifelong process. What You Need to Take This Course 1. A computer and a connection to the Internet. I highly recommend a high-speed connection because of the media files. If you don?t have one, the UVM library does, and so does your local library. 2. We recommend that you use Firefox or Chrome as your browser. This applies to both Windows and Mac users. 3. You?ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available at the UVM software page, as well. Additionally, to view some of the media, you?ll need the latest Flash player which can be downloaded for free, here. Required Texts Readings are interdisciplinary and include readings in performance and performance theory, sociology, anthropology, gender studies and cultural criticism. You need to acquire 1 book for this course: Tara Rebele. And I?m Not Jenny: Performance Writing. NY: Slope, 2005, 88 pp., paperback, ISBN #0-9718219-5-X Be sure you have the Rebele book BEFORE the course starts. Order at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or wherever you usually order books. It is not available at the UVM bookstore. It should also be in the library, but it is not always available. The remainder of course readings are posted as PDFs on BlackBoard. Other Reading A ?5 minute workshop in Critical Reading? PDF is linked in the course Blackboard space. Print and read these guidelines. This gives a very good idea of the way you are expected to formulate your responses. Refer to this page before posting to Discussion. Many audio and video files and web links are included on this course website. Check the links on the assignments pages before the first assignment is due to be sure you are able to see and download all of the electronic readings. OVERVIEW OF COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS Discussion posts Each Discussion assignment begins with some questions for you to consider?You will post your own observations/criticisms/thoughts on the readings/performances and you will respond to each other?s postings. These questions are essay type questions?very short essays. There is no right or wrong answer. I am looking for your response to the readings, I want to know what you think. If you want to talk about a different topic having to do with the course, how to use the technology, etc, you can start a new discussion thread. All posted discussion should be directly related the course. Blog posts Create new work as assigned and post on the course blog. You will create original works in response to assignments. This creative work can be in any genre (monologue, dialogue, ensemble texts, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, video, audio, etc.) unless a particular genre or form is specified, and will be posted on the course Blog pages. You will also respond to each other?s new work.Don?t worry, it will make sense once we start working. Response papers Two (3-5 pages) response papers will be required. Due dates will be posted in ?Assignments.? The papers should be sent to me as email attachments by emailing me at my UVM address (jlperry@uvm.edu). Please identify each response paper within the subject line of the email ?your name response #1? and make sure to put your name on and number each page. Response papers are opportunities to summarize and comment on the work you?ve done in the course. Make specific references to your reading, your Discussion postings, your new work, outside sources, and the work of the other participants. Use the critical reading guidelines as a model for the paper. This is a good place for you to tell me how the course is working for you. It is a great place to synthesize what you are learning and apply it to your other courses, or bring in materials from other course work/readings. Overall engagement and class participation Your class participation will be determined by the quality of your online presentce. You will need to post a minimum of two separate times per assignment, one time to the discussion assignment and one time to the blog assignment. It is essential that you post to each discussion assignment and each blog assignment before the assignment due date in order to participate fully in the course. Grading Criteria and Breakdown of Grades Grades will be determined by on-time completion of assignments, how well you follow the critical reading guidelines, depth of participation in discussion, response papers, and overall level of engagement with/participation in the course. See ?How to get an `A? in this course? posted on the BlackBoard course site. Basically: do the readings, follow the assignments using the critical reading guidelines, respond thoughtfully to others? work, and post on time! All Discussion, Blog, Assignments and response papers must be completed on time. You will lose grade points for work that is late. Classroom/Online Environment Expectations Check the Home/Announcements Page and Assignments on the Blackboard site for the course each time you sign in. The course work moves forward rapidly and builds upon each preceding assignment. You are expected to post to discussion when you have done the reading and again to respond to others? work. Same with the blog. Check in early, and again at the end of the assignment period, allowing yourself enough time to give thoughtful responses to the discussion questions and to other people?s postings. It does not work to try to catch up on several assignments at once?this is counter to the way the course is designed. Do not disappear for a class or three and expect that you will be able to easily rejoin. TAKE NOTES of pages and quotes while you are reading. You are expected to refer to specific pages and quotes from the readings in your postings to ?Discussion? and in your response papers. Use the critical reading guidelines to frame your responses: ? Specific references to the reading (quotes and page numbers) ? An observation ? A criticism (remember that criticism can be positive as well as negative) ? A question ? A response to another participant's question?not necessarily an ?answer.? ? Read everyone's discussion before you write your response. If you've posted early, you have a blank slate on which to work, which can be an advantage. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to send your work. ?I couldn?t upload/download? is not an acceptable reason for work not being in on time. If you have problems with your home internet connection, go to a local internet cafe or library. If you have problems uploading a photo or a link, or have any other tech issues, CONTACT THE BLACKBOARD OR UVM COMPUTER HELP TECHS.

Section Expectation

In summer term, we will be posting 4 days a week most weeks. You are expected to dedicate a fair amount of time to reading and writing for this course, it is not something that you can do at the last minute, nor is it really possible to catch up on a number of missed classes. Students are required to post critical academic responses to the readings, posit questions and respond to each other?s postings and questions on the Discussion Board. Through this lively online communication in which every student is required to participate, students gain deep insight into each other?s thought processes. In addition, there are creative writing/digital media assignments to promote creative reflection/response to the readings. These readings are designed to promote students? understanding of the continuously evolving lifespan process of identity development. Students are encouraged to recognize and reflect on the influences of outside forces on their perceptions to gain understanding of how their own and others? social and personal identities intersect. The readings create a framework for academic discussion on how identity is constructed for them, how they continue or alter these constructions in their daily navigation, and how these intersecting constructions affect the way they perceive others throughout a lifelong process. What You Need to Take This Course 1. A computer and a connection to the Internet. I highly recommend a high-speed connection because of the media files. If you don?t have one, the UVM library does, and so does your local library. 2. We recommend that you use Firefox or Chrome as your browser. This applies to both Windows and Mac users. 3. You?ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available at the UVM software page, as well. Additionally, to view some of the media, you?ll need the latest Flash player which can be downloaded for free, here. Required Texts Readings are interdisciplinary and include readings in performance and performance theory, sociology, anthropology, gender studies and cultural criticism. You need to acquire 1 book for this course: Tara Rebele. And I?m Not Jenny: Performance Writing. NY: Slope, 2005, 88 pp., paperback, ISBN #0-9718219-5-X Be sure you have the Rebele book BEFORE the course starts. Order at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or wherever you usually order books. It is not available at the UVM bookstore. It should also be in the library, but it is not always available. The remainder of course readings are posted as PDFs on BlackBoard. Other Reading A ?5 minute workshop in Critical Reading? PDF is linked in the course Blackboard space. Print and read these guidelines. This gives a very good idea of the way you are expected to formulate your responses. Refer to this page before posting to Discussion. Many audio and video files and web links are included on this course website. Check the links on the assignments pages before the first assignment is due to be sure you are able to see and download all of the electronic readings. OVERVIEW OF COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS Discussion posts Each Discussion assignment begins with some questions for you to consider?You will post your own observations/criticisms/thoughts on the readings/performances and you will respond to each other?s postings. These questions are essay type questions?very short essays. There is no right or wrong answer. I am looking for your response to the readings, I want to know what you think. If you want to talk about a different topic having to do with the course, how to use the technology, etc, you can start a new discussion thread. All posted discussion should be directly related the course. Blog posts Create new work as assigned and post on the course blog. You will create original works in response to assignments. This creative work can be in any genre (monologue, dialogue, ensemble texts, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction, video, audio, etc.) unless a particular genre or form is specified, and will be posted on the course Blog pages. You will also respond to each other?s new work.Don?t worry, it will make sense once we start working. Response papers Two (3-5 pages) response papers will be required. Due dates will be posted in ?Assignments.? The papers should be sent to me as email attachments by emailing me at my UVM address (jlperry@uvm.edu). Please identify each response paper within the subject line of the email ?your name response #1? and make sure to put your name on and number each page. Response papers are opportunities to summarize and comment on the work you?ve done in the course. Make specific references to your reading, your Discussion postings, your new work, outside sources, and the work of the other participants. Use the critical reading guidelines as a model for the paper. This is a good place for you to tell me how the course is working for you. It is a great place to synthesize what you are learning and apply it to your other courses, or bring in materials from other course work/readings. Overall engagement and class participation Your class participation will be determined by the quality of your online presentce. You will need to post a minimum of two separate times per assignment, one time to the discussion assignment and one time to the blog assignment. It is essential that you post to each discussion assignment and each blog assignment before the assignment due date in order to participate fully in the course. Classroom/Online Environment Expectations Check the Home/Announcements Page and Assignments on the Blackboard site for the course each time you sign in. The course work moves forward rapidly and builds upon each preceding assignment. You are expected to post to discussion when you have done the reading and again to respond to others? work. Same with the blog. Check in early, and again at the end of the assignment period, allowing yourself enough time to give thoughtful responses to the discussion questions and to other people?s postings. It does not work to try to catch up on several assignments at once?this is counter to the way the course is designed. Do not disappear for a class or three and expect that you will be able to easily rejoin. TAKE NOTES of pages and quotes while you are reading. You are expected to refer to specific pages and quotes from the readings in your postings to ?Discussion? and in your response papers. Use the critical reading guidelines to frame your responses: ? Specific references to the reading (quotes and page numbers) ? An observation ? A criticism (remember that criticism can be positive as well as negative) ? A question ? A response to another participant's question?not necessarily an ?answer.? ? Read everyone's discussion before you write your response. If you've posted early, you have a blank slate on which to work, which can be an advantage. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to send your work. ?I couldn?t upload/download? is not an acceptable reason for work not being in on time.

Evaluation

Basically: do the readings, follow the assignments using the critical reading guidelines, respond thoughtfully to others? work, and post on time! All Discussion, Blog, Assignments and response papers must be completed on time. You will lose grade points for work that is late. Grading Criteria and Breakdown of Grades Grades will be determined by on-time completion of assignments, how well you follow the critical reading guidelines, depth of participation in discussion, response papers, and overall level of engagement with/participation in the course. See ?How to get an `A? in this course? posted on the BlackBoard course site. Discussion Postings: 35% -- timeliness, response to assignment questions, compliance with critical reading guidelines. response to other participants? postings Blog: 20% -- timeliness, response to assignment, creativity in connecting assigned readings to materials from outside the course, and creation of original material Response papers: 25% -- timeliness, thoughtfulness, thoroughness, clear articulation and use of critical reading guidelines in synthesising course work (including both your own work and others?) Overall Engagement/participation: 20% -- timeliness, engagement in Discussion and Blog postings (follow up on own postings and responses to other participants), follow up on Blog postings.

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