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Who am I? Identity, nationality and belonging

by The Open University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

This broad-ranging learning pathway brings together material from the academic disciplines of sociology, politics and social psychology to explore current notions of identity, citizenship and belonging. Perhaps the most important question we ever ask ourselves is: ‘Who am I?’ And in asking it what we’re really trying to work out is what our own personal identity is, and how it shapes each of our lives. Part of the question is also about the role of the state in shaping what we are and what we’re allowed to be.

The pathway includes trigger material to start you thinking about nationality and citizenship. A video featuring Ruth Barnett, a Jewish refugee, and Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, prompt considerations of whether we have a right to our nationality, and whether a state should protect its citizens.

The pathway then considers personal identity. Learning resources focus on how much of an impact your own family and friends have had on shaping your identity. It then looks at ethnicity and identity, featuring one of the UK’s leading cultural theorists, Professor Stuart Hall.

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