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Identity Politics


Where do our identities come from and why do they matter for social and political life? Do we have the freedom to choose our own identities or are they ascribed to us by others? And to what extent do our identities dictate what we can do, think, know, say, or feel? This class explores how categories like class, race, gender, ethnicity, nation, religion, and sexuality impact politics and struggles for power around the world.

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Professor Osman Balkan was awarded an Aydelotte Curricular Grant from the Aydelotte Foundation for use in his fall 2021 course, Identity Politics (POLS 53). The course syllabus and assignment instructions are made freely available here courtesy of the author.