COMM 260

This course introduces students to communication theories that explore the ways discourses produce, reinforce, and challenge our understandings of identity — as well as how these identities interact with discourses of difference. By critically engaging the politics of representation, intersectionality, materialism, and power, this course questions identity and difference from hybrid perspectives rather than taking up isolated categories (such as race, gender, sexuality, disAbility, and class) as distinct particulars. The course will particularly emphasize debates within Communication Studies that problematize contemporary discourses and practices of multiculturalism. Students will be encouraged to understand how communication works to oppress certain populations while privileging others.

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