SDEI 2100: Cultural and Social Identity

Course in Social Difference, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Course in Social Difference, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Course Description:

Social identity shapes the way that we see the world and how others see us. Assumptions about our own identity and those of others can hinder our ability to meaningfully understand, collaborate, and connect with one another in our diverse society. In this course, students will explore the concepts of cultural and social identity, understand their relationship to systemic inequality, and cultivate practical skills for communicating across differences to foster cultures of equity and belonging.

This course will examine foundational concepts and theories of cultural and social identity, including their roots, historical influences, and contemporary impacts. Students will also build skills for understanding the power of identity to reinforce or challenge larger social structures of inequality and connect with others meaningfully. This course builds on 1000-level SDEI offerings by extending the emphasis on applied practices and introductory theoretical foundations that speak to student identities. More specifically, students will have the chance to explore the power and impact of their own identities within current social structures. Interdisciplinary by design, this course will engage theories, frameworks, and best practices from various academic fields, including sociology, communication, and psychology, in an applied study of social identity and social systems.

Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2024 Term Offered:
Fall 2 (accelerated): Oct 23 - Dec 18, 2024

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

  • Lecturer

Danielle N. Gadson, PhD, MPA, is a public administrator, DEI expert, and sociologist. She holds a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Temple University.… Read more


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