Self and Identity in Diaspora (PSY2378.01)

Özge Savas

How have transnational diaspora communities become new sites for the rethinking core concepts of psychology such as self and identity alongside culture and nation? How do people build self, identity, and community in multiple homes? Who belongs in where? In this course, we will follow a migrant-centered approach in investigating macro (e.g., institutional), meso (e.g., intergroup) and micro-level (e.g., individual) influences on migration, displacement, and belonging. We will build a basic migration/refugee studies lexicon (e.g. who is a refugee, how are refugees different than asylum seekers? What are the driving forces of migration?), while we challenge the idea that all immigrants go through a universal psychological process of acculturation and adaptation. Through different examples of various transnational immigrant communities in the world, we will develop a contextual understanding of self and identity. In order to familiarize you with key questions, theoretical debates, and issues within the field, our readings will range across a body of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship, and will include elements from digital media and pop culture.

Learning Outcomes:
-Develop a vocabulary of common terms used in international human rights discourse, such as refugee, asylum seeker, resettlement, displacement.
-Compare and contrast different theories and frameworks of multiculturalism and critique each as they relate to lived experiences.
-Have a working knowledge of contemporary migration flows, the push and pull factors driving migration and the relationship of those to the attitudes of public, stereotypes and controlling images, and systemic inequities.
-Apply psychosocial and sociocultural theories and frameworks to discussing solutions about displacement, human rights violations, and protracted intergroup conflict.
-Generate questions that could be answered through research about constructions of self, identity, community, and belonging.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , Psychology
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