Comparing Perceptions of Otherness
Dublin City University
Area of Study
Gender Studies, Race Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
This module will offer an introduction to the study of images of racial/national/social/sexual alterity or otherness and their representation in encounters both within Europe and between Europe and other continents. Each topic will be introduced with a lecture giving the necessary historical context. Materials discussed in class will consist of literary and documentary texts, together with representations from the visual arts, especially painting, film, cartoons, visual novels. Students will be expected to contribute individual presentations on one of the topics, which will serve as the basis for their final essay assignment.
1. recognize continuity and change in the varied discourses of alterity in European and non-European societies.
2. identify racial, social, sexual and moral assumptions implicit in European and non-European reports and portrayals of other cultures, communities or nations.
3. relate specific forms and modes of representation of alterity to their historical or social context.
4. discuss the significance of notions of cultural difference in the development and formation of European and national self-awareness.
5. employ imagology as a methodological tool for analysing, deconstruct and critically engage with the representations of otherness and alterity
6. expand on the influence of images of difference in European and non-European intercultural artistic artefacts