InterGroup Relations is a distinct type of course that is being offered through the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. These two-credit courses are interdisciplinary, co-facilitated by a faculty and staff member, and dialogue based. Courses using the InterGroup Relations model are intentionally designed to provide a structured experience for students to explore social group identity, conflict, community, and social justice. While the themes and topics of these courses will highlight particular, historically situated identities, the facilitators recognize the importance of how different aspects of identity shape, influence, and intertwine with other aspects of identity; that is, these courses are designed with an intersectional approach.
As InterGroup Relations courses are dialogue based, their success depends on active student engagement. These courses ask students to be open and honest about sharing their experiences and perspectives, while also listening to the experiences and perspectives of others. Given these particular aspects of the course, an application process is required to join the course. The application process enables the coordinators to be conscious of the potential power dynamics related to social identities as well as ensuring a wide variety of perspectives and experiences within the class.
For more information about the Fall 2017 InterGroup Relations course “Rethinking Race: Inequality, Colorblindness, and the ‘Post-Racial’ Era” or about InterGroup Relations courses more broadly contact maggie castor.