Course Description

This course provides an introduction to identity and ways in which it is defined (race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and ability). Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) challenges impacting these identities (such as intersectionality, racism, sexism, xenophobia, classism, and more) are discussed, including various social justice movements. Identity is then explored in the context of DEI challenges in computing/tech environments, technologies developed, and their impact on people from various identities (including policies and organizations dedicated to addressing them).

Required Background

No prior experience in computing or social science is required. This courses does not require or teach programming. It is designed to introduce you to a number of topics that blend social science with a better understanding of how and why technologies impact people in different ways. The only requirement is an open mind.

Course Materials

The course leverages news articles, podcast episodes, Ted Talks, interviews, documentaries, and books. All course material is available to students via the Duke Library or various websites at no charge.

Areas of Knowledge

Social Science (SS)

Modes of Inquiry

Cross-Cultural Inquiry (CCI); Science, Technology, and Society (STS); and Writing Modes of Inquiry(W)

Last Updated:1/14/2021