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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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INTS 306/3.0 Culture, Identity, and Self

Instructor: Dr. Eric B. Litwack
Email: e_litwack@bisc.queensu.ac.uk

Course Description

This course will be a broad survey of the theme of identity in its social, personal and cultural dimensions. It will include controversial topics as well as matters stemming from philosophical, historical and social scientific methodology. The key questions to be examined will be: “How is the self distinct from society?”, “What is culture and what are its limits?”, and “How can particular identity claims be reconciled with global ethical concerns?” 

Expected Learning Outcomes

This course will provide you with the background, knowledge and analytical skills to approach the complex questions of identity in the 21st century. You should better understand the historical and contemporary claims and descriptions of societies and individuals of both themselves and others. Current issues such as symbolism, democracy, human rights and global consciousness should be clarified in the course of your studies.

Field Studies

Field studies will be to the Science and V&A Museums, both in London.

Primary Research Expectations

You will be expected to focus on our assigned primary sources for your research in this course, but you may make secondary use of outside sources as well. Field studies will provide a rich opportunity for artifactual reflection.


Oral Examination: 20% (date tba - a sign-up sheet will be posted)
Field Trip Assignments: 5% (2x2.5% - 250 words each - due in second classes after each field studies )
Term Paper: 25% (750-1000 words, due in second class on Week Six)
Final Examination: 40%
Class Participation: 10%