Exploring identities: Challenges in the classroom

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For several years I had the privilege of teaching a subject called Politics of Identity. The subject explored various facets of collective and personal identities, including gender and sexuality, class, culture and ethnicity, ‘race’, national and global identities, embodiment, and technology. In both on-campus and online modes students seemed to find both intellectual and personal resonances with at least some of the material. The subject came to have a particular focus on the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous identities in Australia and on helping students begin developing skills in cultural competence. This chapter describes how this came about, and the several approaches and resources I found to be useful, and includes some student responses to the material.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Aboriginal cultural competence
Subtitle of host publicationAuthentic approaches
EditorsBarbara Hill, Jillene Harris, Ruth Bacchus
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789811572012
ISBN (Print)9789811572005, 9789811572036
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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