Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Curt Watke

Course Description:

Who am I? How do I relate to others? And how do I know? Postmodern answers to these central questions continue to accentuate social fragmentation and micro-cultural development that lead to identity politics rooted in relativism and issues of power. Using socio-psychological research & theories together with socio-theological reflection, this course addresses five types of identity that shape our social worlds, influences our ability to connect and communicate, and either speeds or impedes the flow of gospel-centered communication. Students discuss these central questions from within a biblical framework and construct a self-identity profile.

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.