CUL5300 Identity, Culture & Postmodern Communication

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Curt Watke

Course Description:

Who am I? How do I relate to others? And how do I know? A comparative analysis of answers to these central questions from socio-psychological theories and socio-theological reflection leads to an evaluation of intraindividual, interpersonal, intragroup and intergroup communication processes and their impact on five types of identity, the flow of communication, social fragmentation and micro-cultural development. Students design a plausible narrative that draws out implications for gospel-centered communication and intercultural mission within a specific micro-cultural group.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The rise of postmodernism in Western culture has created central questions that are at the core of much of the social fragmentation and identity politics that dominate the intellectual elite and popular culture. Missional leaders in the years ahead must be prepared to navigate elements of identity, how they shape social interaction and how they either facilitate or hinder gospel-centered communication. The course builds on socio-psychological theories, elements of postmodern thought and critical socio-theological reflection to undercover issues in five types of identity and their impact on intraindividual, interpersonal, intragroup and intergroup communication processes.

Why This Course Is Important:

Have you ever wrestled with your own self-identity who you are and how you are related to others around you? This course investigates five types of identity, how we both shape and are shaped in our personal and social identities, and the influence our identities have on communication with others. The course investigates key characteristics of postmodern thought, its impact on cultural groups, communication theory and gospel-centered witness.