Personal and Professional Identity: Reflexivity and Growth in International Context
This course explores how personal and professional identities are shaped and communicated and does so through theoretical and conceptual analysis as well as through reflexive practice. Class, race/ethnicity, sexuality and gender, ideology and nationality are all macro level shapers of our identities. At more personal levels, family, birth order, personality type and a range of other factors shape and construct identity 'stories.' Professional choices are in turn shaped by the foregoing and we construct a professional identity which is then further shaped and re-shaped by our educational and work experiences. As part of our reflections and analyses, we consider how inequality is supported by institutions, cultural practices, and national narratives that vary historically and culturally. This course is targeted to those planning an international placement and is intended to offer an opportunity for challenging personal and professional reflection.