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Identity and Exclusion

Coordinator: A. Topolski
Prerequisites and accessibility: https://www.ru.nl/courseguides/fftr/bachelor-pps/access-pps-courses-modules/
Period: Semester 2, period 3 and 4


This module explores how identities, whether of individuals or groups, are produced, maintained, resisted and potentially challenged. Questions of individual and collective identity are a crucial issue at every level of society, ranging from local communities to the global. This is evident from the many contemporary debates – philosophical, political, scientific, as well as public – on matters such as gender, racism, decolonization, religious identity, and their various intersections. Students will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives that deal with identity formation and dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in relation to power differences. We will explore these perspectives for understanding identity components such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, language, and bodily difference. This module provides three such interrelated perspectives on the politics of identities and forms of exclusion. The first course is a historical and critical introduction into the theme of exclusion, with a focus on race and religion, and two further courses zoom in on the topics of gender and post-colonial theory. All the readings in this module will be interdisciplinary and also aim to create a discussion between the philosophical canon and non-European or decolonized approaches.

These three courses are designed as a module so students need to be registered for all three.

Period Course Course ID Credits
3 & 4 1492: Race, Religion and the Colonising 'Man' FTR-FIPPSB210 5
3 Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality FTR-FIPPSB211 5
4 Race, Colonialism and the Colour Line FTR-FIPPSB212 5
Module Code: FTR-MI-FI111-19