The module examines and illuminates ‘Identity’ through a variety of approaches from different disciplines. A rich and pluralistic appreciation of ‘Identity’ will be relevant to all Warwick graduates in their personal and professional lives.
The module will:
• Help students to analyse critical ideas concerning identity from a range of disciplines (=multidisciplinary), and to synthesise these into thoughtful intellectual responses (=interdiciplinary), that lead students to insights that may lie beyond the scope of a single discipline (=transdisciplinary).
• Help students understand the limits of traditionally distinct but well-established disciplines.
• Engage students fully with ‘active’ learning. It will be faithful to the notion that participation and experiential learning foster a deeper understanding of complex material.
• Require students to take responsibility for their own academic and research activity, while also stimulating team-work and collaboration, thus creating a pool of transferable skills that students can acquire and practice.
• Make productive links between the main theoretical ideas concerning identity, and apply practical applications.
The module examines and illuminates identity through a variety of approaches from different disciplines. A rich and pluralistic appreciation of ‘Identity’ will be relevant to all Warwick graduates in their personal and professional lives.
The module aims by studying identity to encourage students to:
• Investigate in detail the main and underlying ways by which identities are formed, changed, or imposed – as seen through the lenses of different disciplines.
• Understand the limits of notions such as the nature of individual identity broadly, national identity, bodily identity, gender identity, racial identity, and spiritual identity.
• Make decisions concerning the importance of consumer, hybrid, border, and marginal identities, and the notion that identity can shift, that it can be fragmented, and that a variety of identities can exist simultaneously.
• Develop an awareness of how their subject knowledge and disciplinary approach can be made accessible to wider publics.
• Explore the relationship between the mind and body in the formation of identity.
|Introduction to ‘Forms of Identity’ – Nicholas Monk|
|Week 2||Philosophy and Identity – Eileen John (Philosophy, University of Warwick)|
|Week 3||Narrative and Personal Identity – tba|
|Week 4||Organisational Identity, Brand and Reputation – tba|
|Week 5||Identity and Genetics – Kevin Moffatt (Warwick, Life Sciences)|
|Week 6||Posthuman Identity – Professor Kristin Girten (University of Nebraska Omaha)|
|Week 7||Cultural and Racial Identity – tba|
|Week 8||Identity and Mental Health – Viv Joseph (IATL)|
|Week 9||Social Constructions of Identity – Cath Lambert (Sociology, Warwick)|
|Conclusion(s) – Nicholas Monk.|
Monk, Nicholas, et al, eds. Identity: A Transdisciplinary Approach. London: Palgrave- MacMillan. 2017.
Du Gay, Paul, et al. Identity: A Reader. London: Sage, 2008.
Identity Disturbance in Borderline Personality Disorder Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, A.B., and Drew Westen, Ph.D. (May 1st).
Views of the person with dementia Julian C Hughes, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne (May 1st).
Existential Phenomenology, Psychiatric Illness and the Death of Possibilities Matthew Ratcliffe, Durham University, UK; Matthew Broome, University of Warwick, UK (May 1st).
Affect, Agency, and Engagement: Conceptions of the Person Peter Binns, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, Volume 1, Number 1, March 1994, pp. 13-23
Amin Maalouf, In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong (Penguin 2000); also available on Kindle with the title On Identity.
Damasio, Antonio. R. Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain. New York: Avon, 1994.
Malabou, Catherine. The New wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012. (May 9th).
Seabrook, John. Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing, the Marketing of Culture. London: Methuen,
Professor Nicholas Monk
Wednesday 9.00 - 11.00 am
Reflective journal 3-5000 words (80%)
Forum participation up to 5000 words (20%)